Hurricanes edge Rebels in Hockey Gives Blood challenge

By Sheldon Spackman
February 4, 2019 - 2:20pm

The Western Hockey League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes have come out victorious in this year’s annual Hockey Gives Blood challenge.

Despite a late push from fans of the Red Deer Rebels which closed the gap between the two teams, officials with Canadian Blood Services say the Hurricanes finished with 336 total blood donations last month, with 86 donations coming from new donors and 250 from regular donors.

However, Rebel’s fans made it close with 329 total blood donations in January, with 56 coming from new donors and 273 coming from regular donors.

Each year, the Red Deer Rebels and Lethbridge Hurricanes compete to see who can bring in the most blood donations in January.

Hockey Gives Blood is a non-profit organization formed in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash tragedy that killed 16 people and injured 13 others in April of 2018.

The organization has partnered with Canadian Blood Services to create awareness among the hockey community of the importance of blood donation.

According to officials, half of all Canadians will either need blood or know someone who will need blood at some point in their lives.

Each year 100,000 new donors are needed to ensure there is an adequate supply of blood available to treat patients across Canada.

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