ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 13, 2017) — The competition is heating up on and off the ice as the Anaheim Ducks face off against the Calgary Flames tonight in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi have agreed to a friendly, three-part wager on the best-of-seven series. If Anaheim wins, Ducks mascot Wild Wing will take over Mayor Nenshi’s office for a day as Calgary’s unofficial “mayor for a day.”
Nenshi also would have to sport a Ducks jersey at an upcoming Calgary City Council meeting.
If the Flames win the series, Mayor Tait will sport their jersey, and Flames mascot Harvey the Hound will take up residence at Anaheim City Hall as our unofficial mayor for a day.
“We’re excited to see how this matchup plays out,” Mayor Tait said. “But as history has shown, our friends from the north have a hard time winning in Anaheim! We’re ready to send Wild Wing to Calgary. Go Ducks!”
“Mayor Tait might want to make some room in his office,” Mayor Nenshi said. “Harvey the Hound is looking forward to some warm Anaheim sun. That’s how confident I am we will come out of this series as winners. Go Flames!”
No matter who prevails, both cities will come out winners. As part of the wager, Tait and Nenshi have both pledged to donate $10 for each goal scored during the entire series to a charity in each city.
Nenshi will donate to Anaheim public charter school GOALS Academy, which provides education and free programs and facilities to underserved youth in Anaheim. The academy grew out of the GOALS nonprofit organization, which was originally founded by the Ducks just after the team’s inception in 1993.
Tait will donate to Calgary Food Bank, a nonprofit that fights hunger by providing emergency food to those in need. Since it was founded in 1982, the group has distributed more than 9 million pounds of food.
“We all love the thrill of rooting for our team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs,” Tait said. “But the promise of help for kids in our community also gives us greater cause to cheer.”
“The bet is all in good fun, but it’s really about supporting our fellow Calgarians and helping our community,” Nenshi said. “At least I won’t have to sing this time!”
The Ducks and Flames open the Western Conference First Round playoffs at Honda Center on tonight at 7:30 p.m. The two teams have met in the playoffs twice before, in 2015 and 2006, with the Ducks winning both series.
In 2015, after losing a similar wager to Tait, Nenshi sang a rendition of “Let it Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen” at a City Council meeting.
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