On Sunday, February 18, 2018, the Calgary Hitmen faced the Saskatoon Blades at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Hitmen unfortunately lost 1-5 against the Blades, but thousands of fans still enjoyed a great game and had a chance to learn about Calgary’s youth peer support service, ConnecTeen.

ConnecTeen provides confidential peer support to Calgary teens by phone, text, chat and email. $2 from each ticket sold using the code TEEN was donated to ConnecTeen, as well as a portion of the proceeds from the 50/50 ticket sales.

EllisDon has sponsored the ConnecTeen Hitmen game since the very first game in 2010 and presented ConnecTeen with a check for $10,000 at the game. In their nine years of sponsorship they have donated $85,000 to ConnecTeen.

ConnecTeen sunglasses were handed out to hockey fans, and a PSA about ConnecTeen was played on the Jumbotron. The video was created by ConnecTeen volunteer, Ryan Costello.

Thank you to the partners and volunteers who made the game a success: 50/50 ticket selling volunteers (including volunteers from RBC and ENMAX!), Youth Central and Coca-Cola.

We’re grateful for our partnership with the Hitmen and the opportunity to inform fans about the services of ConnecTeen.

Relive the fun by checking out some photos!

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Ryan Widmer (Distress Centre) received a check for $10,000 from EllisDon Representative Travis Perry. Photo by Jenn Pierce/Calgary Hitmen


Melissa Blades (Calgary Hitmen, Roxanne Cote (Distress Centre), Jerilyn Dressler (DC), and Mike Moore (CH) rocking their ConnecTeen sunglasses.


RBC employees volunteered to sell 50/50 tickets in support of ConnecTeen.


Youth Central volunteers handed out ConnecTeen sunglasses and letting fans know about ConnecTeen.


Farley with Ryan Costello (right) and his friend.