Charity Hockey Game Benefitting Bone Marrow Donor Program Goes Beyond Organizer’s Wildest Dreams

The handshake line after the Knights of the Forum charity hockey game, played at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, Calfornia on August 16, 2015.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As reported in this space on August 7, National Hockey League teams do a significant amount of philanthropic work to support various causes throughout each season and during each off-season as well, raising millions of dollars for a slew of worthy causes.

On August 16, a charity hockey game was played at the practice facility of the Los Angeles Kings, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. But this game was not sponsored by the Kings or the NHL, nor was it sponsored by any business, corporation or even a non-profit organization.

Rather, what made this game unique was that it was sponsored by an informal group of Kings fans, the 2,300-plus member Knights of the Forum group on Facebook. The game benefitted Be The Match, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping blood cancer and other patients get the life-saving bone marrow or cord blood transplants they desperately need.

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Teamwork Was One Of The Big Stories At Charity Hockey Game Benefitting Be The Match

Amber Lynette Hall (#77 in yellow, wearing the captain’s “C,” shown here during Knights of the Forum charity hockey game,
held at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calfornia on August 16, 2015.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — We’re still almost two months away from the start of the 2015-16 National Hockey League season. But for fans of the Los Angeles Kings, their team has not been on the ice since April 11, more than three months ago, a layoff many are no longer accustomed to after seeing their team play until mid-June when they won the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Championships.

But on August 16, one could hear the vaguely familiar sounds of hockey pucks banging off the boards and clanking off goal posts. One could also hear the sounds of skates cutting into the ice as players tried to stop, of stick blades striking pucks on a slap shot, and of fans cheering loudly when a goal was scored.

Indeed, a charity hockey game benefitting Be The Match, sponsored by the 2,300-plus member Knights of the Forum group on Facebook, was played at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on August 16, in front of a sell-out crowd of over 400 fans.

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Charity Hockey Game Expected To Raise More Than $10,000 For National Bone Marrow Matching Program

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LOS ANGELES — National Hockey League teams sponsor a slew of activities and events each year, including charity hockey games, to help raise funds for worthy causes.

But how often do you see an informal group of fans—not a team, business or a non-profit organization—band together on their own to do that, independent of anyone else?

That’s rare, to be sure. But one group of Los Angeles Kings fans is doing just that on Sunday, August 16, 2015, when they will play a charity hockey game benefitting Be The Match, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping blood cancer and other patients get the life-saving bone marrow or cord blood transplants they desperately need.

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Charity Hockey Game Benefitting Be The Match To Be Held On August 16, 2015

The following is a press release from Be The Match® and the Knights of the Forum group on Facebook.


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LOS ANGELES — A charity hockey game benefitting Be The Match®, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping blood cancer and other patients get the life-saving bone marrow or cord blood transplants they desperately need, will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

The intrasquad game between Knights of the Forum members is sponsored by the 2,300-member Knights of the Forum group on Facebook, which is dedicated to fans of the Los Angeles Kings hockey club.

The game will also feature a silent auction in which fans can bid on autographed hockey memorabilia from Kings alumni, including Stu Grimson, Ziggy Palffy and Dustin Penner, along with former National Hockey League star Lanny McDonald, an honored member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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LA Kings Want 4th or 5th Place In West, But Don’t Control Their Own Destiny

Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, who suffered a dislocated
right shoulder on March 21, might be ready to return to the lineup
for Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite clinching a playoff berth on April 6, the Los Angeles Kings had much to play for going into a home-and-home series to end their 2010-11 regular season.

The equation was simple: win both games and clinch fourth place in the Western Conference, which would earn them home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

More important, the Kings would also avoid a first round matchup against the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, or Detroit Red Wings, the top three teams in the West. Read more of this post

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