Rob Zamuner helps launch NHLPA Beard-a-thon in Ottawa
The NHLPA Beard-a-thon kicked off this week in Ottawa with a barbershop quartet, NHL alumni, and Heart and Stroke Foundation staff and survivors.
With speeches from Laurel Craib, Senior Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Rob Zamuner, NHLPA Divisional Player Representative and former Ottawa Senator, and survivor spokesperson Michael Bibby, everyone walked away from the event inspired and ready to grow their beards! Even the Sens mascot, Spartacat was there to show off his beard!
Check out barbershop quartet Sound Evolution’s rendition of The Hockey Song by Stompin’ Tom Connors.
This video from the Ottawa Citizen captures this moment as well as Rob Zamuner speaking about his father’s heart attack and his first time watching an NHL game from the stands.
One of our favourite photos from the event was captured by the Ottawa Sun. Shortly after, Spartacat tried to eat the razor.
Zamuner confessed to Metro that his beard grows in more patchy than full, but he says it’s a playoff tradition. No matter how patchy your beard is, now you can grow it for the playoffs AND for a good cause.
"My family, like countless others, is very grateful for the advances that research has made thanks to the Heart and Stroke Foundation," says Michael Bibby, a fundraiser for the Foundation who dealt with heart disease and stroke with both of his parents. At the age of 34 Bibby experienced an unusual heart attack - myopericarditis - himself. "Not only has my life been impacted, but also that of my son, who had open heart surgery at the age of four." -Excerpted from Yahoo! Finance’s coverage of NHLPA Beard-A-Thon.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our kickoff and we can’t wait to see those beards!
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