In 2009, Zdeno Chara bolstered awareness for our organization in dramatic fashion by donning a yellow toque with our logo at the 2009 NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition in Montreal. The defenceman convinced five fellow participants, the NHL and member clubs to donate $24,000 to the winner’s charity of choice. As the final shooter, Zdeno blasted a 105.4-mph slap shot, winning the pot for Right To Play, while breaking Al Iafrate’s 17-year-old, 105.2 mph record. In 2008, Zdeno and fellow Athlete Ambassador Robyn Regehr visited our programs in Mozambique, Africa where they discovered the positive impact play is having on children’s development. Zdeno then proceeded to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, a six-day trek that raised significant funds and awareness. The Stanley Cup winner has donated his time and effort in numerous capacities since. He and 28 other NHL players made donations to our organization based on the number of minutes played in one of their games, in honour of Coaches and/or role models who instilled in them the positive value of sport.
"These kids are incredible,” Chara said on his visit. “They have nothing, yet they show up here with smiles on their faces and they are willing to give it their all.”