Inner city organization are feeling the Oilers love after Sunday night’s Game 6 hat trick by Leon Draisaitl.
Bissell Centre posted a message on Twitter that night hinting to the Edmonton Oilers that Edmonton’s vulnerable population could use some of the over 1,000 hats thrown onto the ice.
— Bissell Centre (@BissellCentre) May 8, 2017
The Oilers Foundation responded with not just a donation to Bissell Centre, but to Hope Mission and Operation Friendship as well.
Over 1,000 hats hit the ice last night. We kept some for the memories but the rest went out to put smiles on people’s faces today! pic.twitter.com/fdhc6a8z60
— Oilers Foundation (@Oil_Foundation) May 8, 2017
“We recieved just over 200 hats and the Oilers have also distributed the rest of the hats to Hope Mission and Operation Friendship as well. Definitely the Oilers are doing their part in providing hats, which is protection from the sun for people all around the inner city, not just Bissell Centre,” said Bissell Centre Communications Coordinator Darren Brennan.
“It’s amazing that Oilers fans threw that many hats out onto the ice, but we heard 1,000 hats and definitely a few hundred have come our way.”
Oilers Entertianment Group Vice President of Communications Tim Shipton said the decision to donate most of the hats came pretty easy.
LISTEN BELOW: Edmonton Oilers VP Tim Shipton on hat trick hats
“Typically what we do is look at how many hats we have and then decide can we use those for charity purposes, do we want to keep some for historical purposes, and that’s precisely what we’ve done with the amazing Leon Draisaitl hat trick last night,” said Shipton.
“One, we kept a collection for historical purposes. We may use them in the future – hopefully we do. And the other three bags we gave to our foundation staff to deliver them to Bissell Centre, Hope Mission, and Operation Friendship.”