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Flames Foundation Donates in Honour of Peter Maher’s Retirement

Reaching out to people at the Alzheimer Society of Calgary saved my life. They really understood, and didn’t judge me."

- A caregiver support group member

Flames Foundation Donates in Honour of Peter Maher’s Retirement

As he stood on the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Peter Maher looked up at the crowd and was overwhelmed. The stands were full. The crowds were cheering. He looked down at the red carpet that had been laid out for him. His family sat behind him beaming with pride. For the first time, he knew what it felt like to have the support of an entire city behind him. It was late in November (only a few short months after announcing his retirement from NHL broadcasting) and the Calgary Flames had designated a home ice game to honour his legacy and contributions to the hockey community.

And Peter, who was surprised to see the unveiling of the new “Peter Maher Broadcast Booth,” was delighted to learn that his retirement celebration would benefit a cause that was so close to his heart. The Flames Foundation for Life announced a generous $15,000 donation to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary in tribute to Peter Maher.

“We know how important the Alzheimer Society of Calgary is to Peter and we were honoured to make it part of his special night,” said Candice Goudie, executive director of the Flames Foundation for Life.

Peter recounted the meaning of the event for him. “I was really glad they included Alzheimer Calgary in the ceremony, given that it’s near and dear to my heart and I’ve been involved for 9 years now. That was very generous on the Flames’ behalf. It was almost as much of a lift for me as it was to see the broadcast booth named in my honour. To give the financial reward which was so deeply needed, and have it in my name, that’s hard to put into words.”

Congratulations, Peter! We are grateful to receive such a generous gift from the Calgary Flames Foundation for Life in honour of your retirement.