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.