The American Hockey League and Professional Hockey Players' Association announced all ticket revenue from Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday night will be removed from the league revenue sharing program and instead be donated to the United Way's OK Strong Disaster Relief fund.
“Through the generosity of the members of the PHPA and its executive director Larry Landon, the American Hockey League is proud to support the tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma,” said AHL President David Andrews. “This tragedy brings our tight-knit hockey community even closer together. Our thoughts remain with everyone in the Oklahoma City region.”
Grand Rapids, the Barons' opponent in the Western Conference finals, has gotten involved.
Meijer stores, which is based in the Grand Rapids area, presented a check for $50,000 for Oklahoma tornado relief.
Grand Rapids, the Detroit Red Wings' Triple-A team, had donation buckets located throughout Van Andel Arena for Games 1 and 2. Grand Rapids players autographed their game-used sticks, which were sold for $100 per stick.
When the series returns to Oklahoma City for games Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Cox Convention Center fans, that make a donation of $10 or more to the United Way's OK Strong Disaster Relief fund will receive a specially designed T-shirt.
The Barons are giving away free tickets to Game 3 Wednesday night to any fan who makes a donation to the OK Strong Disaster Relief fund.
Residents of the hardest hit areas can attend any of the three home games at no charge. Those displaced by the storm simply need to show identification with proof of residency.
For the duration of the playoffs, the Barons will wear a helmet sticker in the shape of the state of Oklahoma with the words HOME in the middle of the state.
Every penny collected for the OK Strong Disaster Relief fund stays in Oklahoma to assist with long-term medical, emotional and education needs of victims of the tornadoes.