Jordan Tootoo is asking the indigenous community to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry.

Alexa is an honour roll student and member of the U18 AAA Notre Dame Hounds. In 2023, Alexa was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow condition (Primary Myleofibrosis) and now needs a stem cell transplant. This weekend in Saskatoon a stem cell recruitment event will be hosted in her honour at the Fred Saskamoose Chief Thunderstick Tournament on May 18,19 from 11am-7pm. 

The event will take place in the lobby of MerIis Belsher Place arena in Saskatoon. 

With 2400 athletes participating at the tournament the goal is 1000 swabs. Alexa has an indigenous background so it imperative that those between the ages of 17-35 with an indigenous background register. 

If you can’t make the event please consider registering online at blood.ca/HGB. Must be between the ages of 17-35 to join.

It was another productive and meaningful season for Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassadors and teams across Canada in support of Canadas’ Lifeline. Teams nationwide hosted game nights while Player Ambassadors took to the community to give blood, plasma and join the stem cell registry.

Throughout the 2023/24 season, teams from the Canadian Hockey League and USPORTS hosted over 30 game nights in support of Canadian Blood Services. These events provided thousands of fans the live opportunity to recognize recipients and milestone donors through ceremonial face-offs, and to be inspired by incredible stories that resonate across the country. The in game recognition also showcased the, often unknown, group and individual contributions being made by Player Ambassadors in each community. This spotlight on the hockey community's nurturing and supportive ethos showcased stories of resilience and inspiration that we hope will ensure a robust donor base in Canada through added donor awareness.

The steadfast leadership of the Player Ambassadors and the unwavering passion for Hockey Gives Blood continues to expand nationwide.  The efforts of our Player Ambassadors to connect with fans of all ages is essential to inspiring the next generation of donors and remains our greatest source of pride. Together, we are making a significant impact being one of the top Partners for Life teams in the country.

AB Titan

Barrie Colts

Saskatoon Blades

Kamloops Blazers

Calgary Hitmen

Cape Breton Eagles

Charlottetown Islanders

Dalhousie Tigers

Edmonton Oil Kings

Vancouver Giants

Guelph Storm

Guelph Gryphons

Halifax Mooseheads

Kelowna Rockets

Kingston Frontenacs

Kitchener Rangers

Lethbridge Hurricanes

London Knights

MacEwan University

Mississauga Steelheads

Moncton Wildcats

Mount Allison

North Bay Battalion

Ontario Tech

Oshawa Generals

Ottawa 67's

Ottawa Gee-Gee's

Owen Sound Attack

Peterborough Petes

Quebec Remparts

Queens University

Red Deer Rebels

Regina Pats

Saint John Sea Dogs

Saint Mary's

Sarnia Sting

STFX

Sudbury Wolves

TWU Spartans

UBC Thunderbirds

UNB Reds

University of Toronto

University of Saskatchewan

UPEI Panthers

Victoria Royals

Moose Jaw Warriors

Brandon Wheat Kings

Windsor Spitfires

Portland Winterhawks

Franky Lapenna recently conquered his fear by hosting a blood drive and donating blood for the first time alongside other members of the Ottawa Gee-Gee’s.  Over the past few years Franky has excelled in his role as a Player Ambassador often encouraging others to donate blood. He also launched a fundraising initiative as a member of the Charlottetown Islanders that raised over $1,000 in support of Canadian Blood Services. As passionate as he was about this cause there was one major hurdle that prevented him from actually donating blood himself. He was fearful of needles.


“I am honestly terrified of needles and pass out almost every time. I decided to give blood because there is a significant need for blood and the people who need it have to be extremely brave to fight their respective illnesses day in and day out. Their need for blood and their consistent bravery made it that I chose to be brave in my own way to give a helping hand. I chose to face my fears because helping someone else is more important than me being afraid. It was important for me to know I played my part in helping someone else.”

With the recent donation being a success Franky will undoubtedly try again and continue to encourage others to overcome their fears just like he did.

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Credit: @timaustenphotography
Credit: @timaustenphotography

After learning that their mother Gail Stewart was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (a cancer of the blood and bone marrow) in early 2022 the Stewart family rallied Atlantic Canada and beyond to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry and donate blood. With the gripping news of their mother’s diagnosis Gail would need a stem cell transplant to save her life, along with countless blood transfusions.

Early on the prognosis was not good as no one in the family was a matching donor. In fact, only 25% of the time a family member will be a match.

During this difficult time Gail’s children, Zac, Leyton, Rhylah and Meryk along with her husband Dave took action to not only find a matching donor but to raise awareness and help others. Through this incredible movement the Stewart family along with many family and friends helped inspire approximately 2500 people between the ages of 17-35 to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry, a feat that not only gave hope to Gail but to almost 1000 patients in Canada currently searching for a matching stem cell donor.

Shortly after the launch of #JoinGailsFight a matching donor was found and Gail received a stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor; a selfless stranger who understood that their time and decision to register could save someone’s life.

Today the family is still giving back as Leyton Stewart of the Quebec Remparts announced he is joining Hockey Gives Blood as a Player Ambassador to continue his advocacy in honour of his mom and those still searching for a match.

Welcome to the team Leyton.

To learn more about joining Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry please visit blood.ca/HGB

While Logan was scoring highlight reel goals and putting up points as captain of the Kamloops Blazers, he was also giving back to his hometown community. This past season, Logan committed many hours to his role as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador using his platform to make a positive contribution to Canadians. 

In a year which Canadian Blood Services was in an immediate need for blood, Logan helped in a big way with his essential efforts. These efforts included hosting a community blood drive, encouraging teammates to donate blood and surprising a minor hockey team who hosted a blood drive of their own. Additionally, Logan filmed videos in support of the ‘Be A Hero' stem cell campaign and raised over $41,000 in support of Canadian Blood Services during his Logan Stankoven Charity Night.

Logan’s genuine nature and overall kindness are equal to the competitiveness and determination he so well known for on the ice. His humility, sacrifice and selflessness are traits that that Dayna was also known for and ones that make him a role model for all. 

Congratulations Logan on being named the winner of the 2023 Dayna Brons Honorary Award.

As a forward with the St Francis Xavier University Women’s Hockey team Anna joined Hockey Gives Blood with a mission. After learning that someone in her community needed a stem cell transplant to save their life Anna stepped up to become a Player Ambassador. Anna took immediate action to inspire her teammates and community with several initiatives ranging from blood donation events to stem cell recruitment. Anna also established two HGB game nights and three separate fundraising campaigns that raised over $2700.

Anna became a valuable contributor and asset to Canadian Blood Services in the Atlantic Region. Her efforts and enthusiasm on a consistent basis were deeply appreciated and helped support the growing demand for new blood and stem cell donors locally and in Canada.

Anna’s kindness and humility were displayed consistently over this past season. Her relentless passion to help others without seeking recognition is a testament to her character and reflect the traits Cameron Bulger was known for. We are proud to announce her as the 2023 winner of the inaugural Cameron Bulger Memorial Award. 

Thank you and congratulations Anna!

While Logan was scoring highlight reel goals and putting up points as captain of the Kamloops Blazers, he was also giving back to his hometown community. This past season, Logan committed many hours to his role as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador using his platform to make a positive contribution to Canadians. 

In a year which Canadian Blood Services was in an immediate need for blood, Logan helped in a big way with his essential efforts. These efforts included hosting a community blood drive, encouraging teammates to donate blood and surprising a minor hockey team who hosted a blood drive of their own. Additionally, Logan filmed videos in support of the ‘Be A Hero' stem cell campaign and raised over $41,000 in support of Canadian Blood Services during his Logan Stankoven Charity Night.

Logan’s genuine nature and overall kindness are equal to the competitiveness and determination he so well known for on the ice. His humility, sacrifice and selflessness are traits that that Dayna was also known for and ones that make him a role model for all. 

Congratulations Logan on being named the winner of the 2023 Dayna Brons Honorary Award

Alex Pharand is doing more than just play for his hometown Sudbury Wolves, he is also making an impact as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador. At just 17 years old, Alex provides a tremendous example of dedication and passion that demonstrate his capacity as a leader. Alex was a steady contributor of Plasma this season, donating an astonishing 12 times. Plasma is a component of blood that can be used to provide life-saving medicines to patients across Canada. 

Aside from donating plasma on his own, Alex helped lead a team plasma donation event, inspired a handful of his teammates to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry and appeared on an episode of Difference Makers with Sportsnet personality Sam Cosentino. During this Instagram Live episode Alex spoke passionately about his role as a player ambassador and articulated just how easy it is to save a life. 

Alex possesses many genuine qualities such as leadership, commitment, and dependability. Perhaps the one quality he shares most with Dayna Brons would be his unwavering selflessness. Thank you, Alex, and congratulations on your nomination. 

Lleyton Moore is the longest serving Player Ambassador to be nominated for the 2022-23 Dayna Brons Honorary Award. Spending most of his junior career with the Oshawa Generals Lleyton was traded to the Kitchener Rangers late in the 2022-23 season; adding offence to the Rangers blue line and helping the team advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs. 

Lleyton showed tremendous leadership at a young age, joining Hockey Gives Blood as a 17-year-old in the early days of the program. Leyton helped grow the program across the OHL through numerous blood and stem cell drives. During the off season, Lleyton would donate blood and consistently spread the message of the need for blood. This past season, Lleyton created a fundraising initiative that raised over $1000 in support of Canadian Blood Services.

Lleyton is a reliable and responsive ambassador that consistently demonstrates his selflessness and kindness;  traits that Dayna Brons was also known for.  Lleyton’s actions and contributions over this extended period have had a significant impact on patients in Canada and we are thrilled to announce him as nominee. Thank you, and congratulations Lleyton!

Nominee: Lleyton Moore

Lleyton Moore

Lleyton Moore is the longest serving Player Ambassador to be nominated for the 2022-23 Dayna Brons Honorary Award. Spending most of his junior career with the Oshawa Generals Lleyton was traded to the Kitchener Rangers late in the 2022-23 season; adding offence to the Rangers blue line and helping the team advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs. 

Lleyton showed tremendous leadership at a young age, joining Hockey Gives Blood as a 17-year-old in the early days of the program. Leyton helped grow the program across the OHL through numerous blood and stem cell drives. During the off season, Lleyton would donate blood and consistently spread the message of the need for blood. This past season, Lleyton created a fundraising initiative that raised over $1000 in support of Canadian Blood Services.

Lleyton is a reliable and responsive ambassador that consistently demonstrates his selflessness and kindness;  traits that Dayna Brons was also known for.  Lleyton’s actions and contributions over this extended period have had a significant impact on patients in Canada and we are thrilled to announce him as nominee. Thank you, and congratulations Lleyton!

Nominee: Alex Pharand

Alex Pharand

Alex Pharand is doing more than just play for his hometown Sudbury Wolves, he is also making an impact as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador. At just 17 years old, Alex provides a tremendous example of dedication and passion that demonstrate his capacity as a leader. Alex was a steady contributor of Plasma this season, donating an astonishing 12 times. Plasma is a component of blood that can be used to provide life-saving medicines to patients across Canada. 

Aside from donating plasma on his own, Alex helped lead a team plasma donation event, inspired a handful of his teammates to join Canadian Blood Services stem cell registry and appeared on an episode of Difference Makers with Sportsnet personality Sam Cosentino. During this Instagram Live episode Alex spoke passionately about his role as a player ambassador and articulated just how easy it is to save a life. 

Alex possesses many genuine qualities such as leadership, commitment, and dependability. Perhaps the one quality he shares most with Dayna Brons would be his unwavering selflessness. Thank you, Alex, and congratulations on your nomination. 

Nominee: Logan Stankoven

Logan Stankoven

While Logan was scoring highlight reel goals and putting up points as captain of the Kamloops Blazers, he was also giving back to his hometown community. This past season, Logan committed many hours to his role as a Hockey Gives Blood Player Ambassador using his platform to make a positive contribution to Canadians. 

In a year which Canadian Blood Services was in an immediate need for blood, Logan helped in a big way with his essential efforts. These efforts included hosting a community blood drive, encouraging teammates to donate blood and surprising a minor hockey team who hosted a blood drive of their own. Additionally, Logan filmed videos in support of the ‘Be A Hero' stem cell campaign and raised over $41,000 in support of Canadian Blood Services during his Logan Stankoven Charity Night.

Logan’s genuine nature and overall kindness are equal to the competitiveness and determination he so well known for on the ice. His humility, sacrifice and selflessness are traits that that Dayna was also known for and ones that make him a role model for all. 

Thank you and congratulations Logan!

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