MP Blake Richards before The Wild Rose Hockey Challenge with Conservative MPs Ed Holder, Michelle Rempel and Andrew Saxton, on August 27th.


Not only did MP Blake Richards break his fundraising record hosting his Third Wild Rose Hockey Challenge, he broke his nose as well.

The game played on August 27 featured Team Richards, made up of federal MPs, and Team Alberta,  comprised of provincial MLAs, with current and former NHLers filling out both sides.

Calgary Flame Mikeal Backlund, former Flame Sheldon Kennedy and Blake Richard's son, Quinn, led the way for Team Richards to a 17-7 win, each potting a hat trick. JD Watt of the Los Angeles Kings led the way for Team Alberta with a hat trick of his own.

According to the game's press release, Richards had to leave the game in the second period after an "errant puck" hit him on the nose, causing the break. Officials deemed the Wild Rose MP unfit to continue in the game, but the host was able to attend the reception held later that night.

All in all, the game managed to collect $83,000 for groups including Airdrie and District Victim Services, Bow Valley Victim Services Association, Cochrane and Area Victim Services, and Chinook Arch Victim Services.

"Together, these organizations work in all parts of our riding to provide victims of crime, disaster, and tragedy with the services and support they need at the lowest parts of their lives" said Richards, in his press release. "I am proud as your Member of Parliament to support them through my hockey game and to help raise awareness of their good work."