Hockey Challenge 2016, the 18th annual Hockey Challenge took place on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at ShoWare Center, and raised $200,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska (RMHC).
The annual Hockey Challenge has now raised over $4.9 million for the RMHC in 18 years.
The date for 19th annual Hockey Challenge 2017 is February 18 against the Portland Winterhawks.
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 accommodations for 700 families.
There were seven games played during the Challenge on Saturday. The first five games Saturday were played by 10 teams from various groups at Microsoft. The T-Birds vs. Kamloops Blazers game followed the five Challenge games on Saturday and the event was capped off by the Celebrity All-Star Game.
“We are very grateful to the Seattle Thunderbirds and all of the teams and sponsors that helped make the 16th Hockey Challenge such a success,” said Dianna Finnerty, Executive Director of RMHC. “It was a truly great event this year with lots of enthusiasm and team spirit while raising money to support the families at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. We feel very fortunate to have such great partners.”
“We owe a big thank you to all the players from the Challenge teams, T-Birds alumni, sponsors, volunteers and T-Birds fans that made the 2014 Challenge so successful,” said Ian Henry, T-Birds Director of Public and Media Relations. “Hitting the $200,000 mark is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of all involved. These funds will directly impact the RMHC which will help families staying at the House focus on getting their loved ones healthy.”
A ticket to the Hockey Challenge gives fans access to all Challenge events on the day of the Challenge. Events include the Celebrity Game and Celebrity autograph session, all other Challenge games and the T-Birds game that night.
Celebrities that have appeared in previous Hockey Challenge Celebrity All-Star Games include: 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 Mark Parrish, Brendan Witt, Chris Wells, Jamie Huscroft, Al Kinisky, Turner Stevenson, Pat Smith, Regan Mueller, Danny Lorenz, Blake Knox, Brett Duncan, Ryan Gibbons and Lloyd Shaw.
Over the past 16 years the Hockey Challenge has raised over $4.5 million for the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. Find out more about the Seattle Ronald McDonald House.