St. Catharines, Ontario – The Niagara IceDogs have announced that Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold will be receiving $14,110 from the live auction of the game-worn Ugly Christmas Sweater jerseys. All funds raised from the jersey auctions will be donated to Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold; the IceDogs cover the cost of jersey production. The IceDogs wore the specialty jerseys on December 15th 2018, in a 6-2 win over the Oshawa Generals.
“We [Niagara IceDogs] are so proud to be donating such a significant amount of money to Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold from our Ugly Christmas Sweater jersey auction.” Said Bill Burke, Owner of the Niagara IceDogs’. “We have had a longstanding relationship with Community Care. The work they do to provide our communities most vulnerable members with support and resources is incredible. To have received such strong support from our own fanbase for local organizations, like Community Care, shows what great work they do in our community.”
IceDogs Captain Ben Jones’ jersey was auctioned for the most amount, raising $1075. Edmonton Oilers prospect Kirill Maksimov’s jersey was auctioned for $750. Dallas Stars prospect, and World Junior Silver Medalist Jason Robertson’s jersey was auctioned for $700, while 2019 NHL Draft eligible forward Philip Tomasino’s jersey was auctioned for $600.
“The revenue generated through the 2018 (not so) Ugly Christmas Sweater Campaign has given the agency the ability to assist the most vulnerable in the weeks following the Holiday Season.” Said Betty Lou Souter, CEO of Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold. “Unfortunately the past few weeks are traditionally some of the busiest and the cold weather has put an extra burden on those who struggle. We are grateful to the entire IceDogs organization for giving us the financial support that allows to carry out the important work we do. Go Dogs Go!”
Founded in the 2007-2008 season, the Niagara IceDogs Hockey Club are a member team of the Ontario Hockey League. As 2012 & 2016 OHL Eastern Conference Champions, the Niagara IceDogs are dedicated to excellence on the ice.