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April 7, 2012; Winnipeg, MB, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre. Tampa Bay wins 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Team Stamkos Wins at the RBC Play Hockey Charity Challenge; Raises $100k for Grassroots Hockey

On December 19thTeam Stamkos and Team Subban took this ice at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly known as the Maple Leaf Gardens, for the RBC Play Hockey Charity Challenge.

At the end of the day, with fellow Tampa Bay Lightning players Teddy Purcell and B.J. Crombeen, and everyone’s favorite former Bolt, Steve Downie by his side, Team Stamkos would reign victorious over Team Subban by a score of 14-10.

However, the REAL winners were the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams fund and RBC Play Hockey, which funds grassroots hockey initiatives across the US and Canada.

The 39 NHL Players played for a sellout crowd of 2600 screaming fans, and raised $100k for charity.

According to a press release from Canada NewsWire, Team Stamkos Captain, and RBC Play Hockey Ambassador Steven Stamkos had this to say about the event.

The RBC Play Hockey Charity Challenge enabled us to share the joy and excitement of hockey with fans and celebrate the spirit of giving by raising funds for local hockey programs across the country.”

In case you missed the game, it can still be seen below: (Action starts around the 15:00 mark.)

Video courtesy of the NHLPA Facebook Page.


The NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund is the largest grassroots hockey assistance program in the world. Founded in 1999, Goals & Dreams has contributed over $21 million to grassroots hockey programs and related causes in 30 countries. Through the donation of equipment grants, the program has given more than 60,000 deserving children the opportunity to play hockey and benefit from the sport’s commitment to teamwork, discipline and physical fitness.

RBC Play Hockey is one of the largest corporately funded hockey programs that supports grassroots hockey in communities across North America. To date, RBC has provided more than $1,500,000 in grants to over 120 hockey programs – ranging from learn-to-skate, ball hockey and equipment-sharing programs to reduced registration, access to ice and hockey clinic initiatives. As a premier partner of Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, RBC is an official sponsor of each country’s men’s and women’s national teams, the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, and Canada’s National Junior A Championship – the RBC Cup.

For more information on the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund, please visit, follow them on Twitter at @NHLPA, or on Facebook at For more information on RBC Play Hockey, please visit, follow them on Twitter at @RBCPlayHockey, or on Facebook at


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