Devils, American Red Cross Host Blood Drive

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Before the puck drops on Friday, December 30, 2011 the Albany Devils Hockey Club and the American Red Cross are teaming up for a blood drive at the Times Union Center from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Donating blood is a simple act that helps save lives. Blood is an essential component for patient care in area hospitals, and the only source of blood is a healthy, volunteer blood donor. Due to hectic holiday schedules, busy travel plans and inclement weather in the Northeast, blood donations can decline during this time of year. However, it is the perfect time of year to show your support and give back to the community.

The Red Cross blood drive will take place in the Times Union Center Exhibition Hall prior to the game. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org. As a special thank you for helping their neighbors, every person who comes in to donate blood will receive a voucher good for one ticket to a future Albany Devils home game. In addition, all presenting donors will receive a special “Give Life. Give Blood.” t-shirt.

Veterans Day Special

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The Albany Devils will offer a “Veterans Day Special” during their game against the Norfolk Admirals at the Times Union Center on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. By showing proper identification, all current and former military members can purchase a ticket for $11.

Tickets will be available for purchase Friday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Times Union Center box office located at the corner of South Pearl and Market St.

Team Teagan 5K

Devil Dawg supported runners of the Fifth Annual Team Teagan 5k Benefit Run at Saratoga State Park on Saturday, July 9. The run was first started in 2007 to benefit now nine-year-old cancer survivor Teagan Klingenberg, with a different Honored Hero each year since. This year Teagan’s family along with the help of event director Jackie Scotti honored two fighters, Hannah Hughes and Kristen Shinebager.

More information: http://www.teamteagan.com/

Blood Drive Exceeds Expectations

The Albany Devils and the American Red Cross Blood Drive, which was held on July 6 at the Guilderland Public Library, achieved 172 percent of its projected goal. The Red Cross estimates that 294 lives were saved thanks to the help of the Capital Region and Albany Devils fans.

 The pre-event goal for the day was 57 usable donations. The Red Cross left with 98 pints of blood from 109 presenting donors, including 25 first-time participants.

“The Albany Devils helped the American Red Cross boost the blood supply during the summer when collections typically decline to ensure we have life-saving blood for patients in need,” said American Red Cross New York-Penn Region District Director Aric Aery. “We’re grateful to the Albany Devils and their fans for supporting the Red Cross humanitarian mission to provide blood supplies, disaster services, aid to our military, life-saving and emergency response.”

“We were inspired by the natural disaster in Springfield and saw the struggle that a fellow AHL city went through,” said Devils Executive Director Chris Ciceri. “The success of the drive is a reflection on the great and caring people of the Capital Region. I hope everyone who participated left feeling satisfied.”

Participating donors were awarded with a free carton of Friendly’s Ice Cream, while the Albany Devils Street Team – with the help of Devil Dawg – gave away approximately 70 prizes that included tickets and signed memorabilia.

For more information on the American Red Cross call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

The Albany Devils home opener is Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Times Union Center. For ticket information call the Executive Office at (518) 4-DEVILS or visit thealbanydevils.com.

Devils To Host Blood Drive on July 6

The Devils have partnered with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive at the Guilderland Public Library on Wednesday, July 6 between noon and 6 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free* carton of Friendly’s Ice Cream. Additionally, the Devils will be giving away prizes** that include tickets and autographed memorabilia.

“After witnessing Springfield, an AHL city, be affected by a natural disaster, we wanted to team with the American Red Cross to make an impact on the Capital Region and any location struck by catastrophe,” said Devils Executive Director Chris Ciceri. “It’s important to be ready and prepared for anything and we hope our fans will be willing to help.”

The Blood Drive will be at 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland, NY. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org.  The team’s mascot Devil Dawg will be joined by the Albany Devils Street Team providing interactive games and contests. Prizes** include tickets to a Devils home game, signed sticks, t-shirts, posters, pucks and pennants.

 *Tax additional where applicable.  All presenting donors eligible.  Coupons are non transferrable and not redeemable for cash.

**Prizes are non-transferable, and not redeemable for cash.