Bandits raise nearly $9,000 on Mental Health Night

BROOKS, AB (January 27, 2017) – The Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) are delighted to announce that the team raised a total of $8,866.61 for the Canadian Mental Health Association (Alberta Southeast Region) at the team’s first-ever Mental Health Charity Jersey Night on Saturday, January 21st.

The total is a 43% jump from last season’s record, when the team raised $6,159 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The money was raised through a silent auction for special unique mental health-themed jerseys that were worn by the team in their 3-1 win that night over the Calgary Canucks, with the jerseys designed by Matthew McElroy of

Leading the way this season was the jersey of star defenceman Cale Makar (Calgary, AB), which went for a record $2,000. Defenceman Joe O’Connor (Hamden, CT) had the second-highest with his jersey going for $1,000. Both shattered the 2016 jersey auction record of $780, which was also for Makar’s jersey.

Charity Jersey Night is an annual Bandits tradition that has supported causes including breast cancer research, the ALS Society, prostate cancer research, and heart and stroke last season, and has now raised tens of thousands of dollars for those worthy causes.

The Bandits would like to thank all fans who attended the game, and who placed a bid on a jersey, for helping to set another fantastic high standard to look to for next season’s charity game.

(Photo L-R: Brooks Bandits Manager of Marketing & Community Relations Mark Printz, CMHA Alberta Southeast Executive Director Cori Fischer, CMHA Alberta Southeast Program Manager Jason Thunberg)