Members of Special Olympics Calgary fire up Flames before game

Stan Temming


Some inspiring young athletes had a very important job before the Calgary Flames hosted the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night: They had to get the home team going before the opening puck drop.

Members of the Flames alumni brought a group of Special Olympics athletes from Calgary to the Scotiabank Saddledome to participate in a number of activities ahead of the game, including the reading of the starting lineup.

And they absolutely nailed it.

The guy that gave it all that he had while announcing Flames captain Mark Giordano is incredible. And although you can barely see him in the background, the reaction of Calgary’s head coach Bill Peters is just as good.

With that group of athletes in attendance, the team had plenty of reason to smile before hitting the ice. Off the ice, the Flames alumni had one more surprise in store.

The donation of $30,000 will be used to ensure that all members of the Calgary Special Olympics squad will be looking sharp for the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games from Feb. 8-10.

Awesome.

Members of Special Olympics Calgary introduce the Flames’ starting lineup before their clash with the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. (Twitter//@NHLFlames)
Members of Special Olympics Calgary introduce the Flames’ starting lineup before their clash with the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. (Twitter//@NHLFlames)

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