“Playing for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series was definitely the highlight of my professional hockey career. During the first game of the series, I sustained a severe blow to the back of my head. As I lay motionless on the ice, I thought I’m done for the series and my career could be over. Today, a chronic neck problem reminds me of how fortunate I was to dodge a career ending injury. Others in sport and real life are not as fortunate. The ‘Shoot For A Cure’ team is committed to prevention and ultimately a cure for spinal cord injury. They can count on my support for years to come.”
Ron Ellis NHL Alumni Association
"I think it's a great program. As hockey players, we are fortunate to be out there playing this game. You just never know what is going to happen - things could change any day. Everyone stands to benefit from finding a cure for spinal cord injuries."
Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames Shoot For A Cure, Spokesperson
“Shoot for a Cure is committed to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries and through their relationships in hockey they have put a positive footprint on funding and research that I am proud to be associated with."
Keith Primeau Former Philadelphia Flyers Captain Shoot For A Cure, Chairman
“Hockey is such a fast game that I think we sometimes forget how easily a spinal cord injury could occur in our game. That's why it's so easy for all of us to get involved with Shoot For A Cure."
Brad May Anaheim Ducks Shoot For A Cure, Chairman
“As hockey players and fans, we have such passion for the game that we also easily overlook how easily injuries can occur. Shoot For A Cure is a great organization that is proactive in creating greater awareness of spinal cord injuries in hockey, and also providing support to those who have suffered from such injury.”
Kevin Weekes New Jersey Devils
“As an athlete with a disability I have experienced the benefits funded medical research can offer. As a result of the treatment and care I have received, in 2006 I was able to achieve my goal of winning a Gold Medal for Canada playing hockey.
Shoot for a Cure is an incredible organization that offers hope and resources for those suffering from spinal cord injuries. By supporting this organization you are helping to create a future without spinal cord injuries in hockey allowing many more players to achieve their own goals.
Winning the Gold Medal was one of the highlights of my life. Being involved with Shoot for a Cure is an honor.”
Paul Rosen Paralympic Gold Medalist
"The 'Shoot For A Cure' campaign of the Canadian and American Spinal Research Organizations, has been very successful in focusing people's attention on spinal cord injury awareness, prevention, research and cure. While spinal cord injuries are not specifically just a hockey problem, too many hockey players have unfortunately suffered devastating injuries. A serious spinal cord injury can affect and change one's life forever, and anything that can be done to help prevent or cure such injuries is very important. As a result, because some of the hockey community has been affected by spinal cord injuries, the NHL Alumni Association actively supports the efforts, activities and programs of the 'Shoot For a Cure' campaign."
Brian Conacher NHL Alumni Association, Former President
"At Fury Hockey Inc. we are extremely proud to be associated with the Shoot For A Cure campaign of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) through our Fury Charity Golf Classic and our charity hockey games. As all of our board members have or are playing professional sports at a higher level, we have been exposed to the risks of this serious injury. We applaud the CSRO's partnership in promoting spinal cord injury awareness and the advance research for its cure. Our relationship with the CSRO continues to grow since our inception in 2003 with the exposure that both groups contribute to cause."
Scott McCrory Executive Vice-President, Fury Hockey
"Spinal cord injuries and paralysis are no strangers to hockey, therefore we here at Mission-ITECH Hockey are pleased to consider 'Shoot for a Cure' an important partner in the fight against these debilitating affairs. With 'Shoot for a Cure' at the helm in Fall of 2004, we helped raise over $30,000 during our inaugural celebrity mask-painting campaign. We look forward to renewing this promotion this year and hopefully many more years to come. I am grateful to the 'Shoot for a Cure' organization for all the great work they do."
Randy Burns Vice-President, Marketing, Mission-ITECH Hockey
“In the NHL on a day to day basis you have fears, you have fears of fighting, fears of losing hockey games, and there are all kinds of things that bother you going into a game, but for first time in my life I can honestly say I was afraid, there is always a fear of failure, but the day that I was paralyzed from the neck down I was afraid, it is something that is logged into the back of my mind and it will never go away, and from that day forward I have been very passionate about trying to prevent that for the future.”