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The House 9 Hockey Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of making the game of hockey more accessible to children regardless of their financial circumstances.
Operated by volunteers, the Foundation was founded in 2008 by Shawn Kilshaw and Aaron Downey of the Detroit Red Wings, along with Aaron’s brother, Trevor Downey and former Red Wings’ teammate, Kyle Quincey.
Principal fund-raising is done through special event charity hockey games between the House9 Stars (current and alumni NHL players) and local area teams of the hosting towns. Private and corporate donations and sponsorships, live music entertainment, BBQs, and silent auctions also play integral roles in helping provide equipment and registration fees to grant-eligible children so they can participate in minor hockey.
House 9 Stars’ players to date include: Justin Abdelkader, Colby Armstrong, Matt Beleskey, Mark Bell, Daniel Carcillo, David Clarkson, Trever Daley, Aaron Downey, Kris Draper, Cory Emmerton, Darren Haydar, Kevin Klein, Mike Komisarek, Brad May, Thomas McCollum, Evan McGrath, Mike Mole, Chris Neil, Steve Ott, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith, Jamie Tardiff, Scott Thornton and Mike Weber.
A huge special thanks to NHLPA Goals & Dreams, and all sponsors, volunteers, players, fans, and artists who are helping make kids dreams of playing hockey become a reality.