Hockey Challenge 201, the 21st annual Hockey Challenge took place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at ShoWare Center, and raised over $175,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska (RMHC).
The annual Hockey Challenge has now raised over $6.34 million for the RMHC in 21 years.
The 22nd annual Hockey Challenge will take place during the 2019-20 season at accesso ShoWare Center.
Hockey teams are formed by sponsors that raise money to play in the Challenge. All proceeds from the Challenge directly support operations of the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home away from home for children and their families receiving medical treatment at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital, making each day a little easier. In fact, last year the Seattle Ronald McDonald House provided 27,943 nights of housing and services to 429 families.
There were six games played during the Hockey Challenge 2019. The first four games were played by eight teams from various groups at Microsoft. The T-Birds vs. Portland Winterhawks game followed the four Challenge games and the event was capped off by the Celebrity All-Star Game.
“Every year, we are so inspired by the way the hockey community comes together to support the Ronald McDonald House,” said Vanessa Kirk Briley, Director of Special Events at RMHC. “We are so grateful to everyone who makes this event such a success: the Thunderbirds, the players, the sponsors, the attendees, and the volunteers. Because of the efforts of all these groups, families can count on having a comfortable and supportive environment during their treatment.”
“The Seattle hockey community is a wonderful group that knows how important our annual Hockey Challenge has become,” said Colin Campbell, T-Birds Vice-President. “Our fans were so excited to see Steve Konowalchuk and Glen Goodall play in the All-Star game this year.”
“We thank all the teams that took part for the money they raised for RMHC. We owe a special thank you to our awesome fans who, without their support, we would not be able to raise such a significant dollar amount. Thank you to our partners, volunteers and team and building staff for all their work to put on another successful Hockey Challenge.”
A ticket to the Hockey Challenge gives fans access to all Challenge events on the day of the Challenge. Events include the Celebrity Game, all other Challenge games and the T-Birds game that night.
Celebrities that have appeared in previous Hockey Challenge Celebrity All-Star Games include: Glen Goodall (T-Bird legend), Steve Konowalchuk (former NHL player & T-Birds head coach), Steve The Producer (BJ Shea Experience on 99.9 FM KISW), Kiefer Sutherland (24), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Jason Thompson (General Hospital), Brian Basset (cartoonist of “Adam @ Home” and “Red and Rover”), Kelly Tysland (formerly Kelly Stephens 2006 U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey bronze medalist), Dan Wilson (former Seattle Mariner) Bill Wixey (KCPQ news anchor), Ian Furness (KJR 950 AM Host), Paul Silvi (KING sports anchor), Dennis Bounds (KING news anchor), John Langeler (KING news reporter), Aaron Levine (KCPQ sports director), Christie Johnson (KING 5 morning news reporter), Paul Guilfoyle (CSI) and Cameron Bancroft (24: Day 4, Hockeyville on CBC).
T-Birds alumni that have appeared include Glen Goodall, Steve Konowalchuk, Tyler Willis, Mark Parrish, Brendan Witt, Chris Wells, Jamie Huscroft, Al Kinisky, Turner Stevenson, Pat Smith, Regan Mueller, Troy Hyatt, Danny Lorenz, Jim McTaggart, Blake Knox, Brett Duncan, Ryan Gibbons and Lloyd Shaw.
Over the past 21 years the Hockey Challenge has raised over $6.4 million for the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. Find out more about the Seattle Ronald McDonald House.