The Buffalo Sabres will host a screening of "Soul On Ice: Past, Present & Future" at the Dipson Amherst Theatre at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. Tickets will cost $10 and all proceeds will benefit Hasek's Heroes.
"Soul On Ice: Past, Present & Future" touches on the contributions black athletes have made to ice hockey. The film primarily follows Jaden Lindo, a young man working to make his goal of reaching the NHL a reality. Icons such as Tony McKegney, Wayne Simmonds, Grant Fuhr and Don Cherry also sit down to offer in-depth interviews and personal insights.
"Hockey is the greatest game in the world and, once the world realizes that hockey is for everyone, it will become even greater," said Damon Kwame Mason, director of "Soul On Ice."
After the screening, Mason will lead a panel discussion that will also include Sabres alumni McKegney and Val James, both of whom are featured in the film.
The event coincides with the NHL's "Hockey is for Everyone" month. The movement is designed to support nonprofit youth hockey organizations committed to allowing children of all backgrounds to play hockey. More information about "Hockey is for Everyone" can be found on NHL.com.
"We are eager to show our support for the 'HIFE' movement in this unique way," said Rich Jureller, Sabres director of community relations. "By highlighting contributors who don't always get the spotlight, we're hoping to demonstrate that the hockey community is truly inclusive, regardless of a person's background."
Tickets can be purchased at the Dipson Amherst Theatre ticket office or online at www.sabres.com/soulonice.
About Hasek's Heroes
The mission of Hasek's Heroes is to provide Western New York children in need the foundations of athletic, academic and character development within a fun and rewarding hockey-centered program. In addition to fostering athletic skills and engaging youth in recreational activities throughout the hockey season, Hasek's Heroes provides team-building and leadership skills during both the on-ice and off-ice components of the program.
About Hockey is for Everyone
The NHL has a saying: Hockey is for everyone. The league support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink. The NHL works to provide the sport in a positive and inclusive environment for players, their families and fans of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and those with disabilities.
The NHL has designated "February as Hockey is for Everyone" month to reaffirm that the official policy of the sport is one of inclusion on the ice, in the locker rooms and in the stands.