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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Anaheim wins first-round — and mayors’ hockey bet

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 20, 2017) — A plush version of Anaheim Ducks mascot Wild Wing is heading to Calgary to be unofficial “mayor for a day” as part of a friendly bet between Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Tait — and Anaheim — came out on top last night after the Ducks beat the Calgary Flames in game four to sweep the best-of-seven series. The Ducks are the first team to move on from round one of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

To make good on the wager, Nenshi will host Ducks mascot Wild Wing and have him serve as mayor for a day. Nenshi will also don a Ducks jersey at an upcoming City Council meeting in Calgary.

“Congratulations to the Ducks on a great series win,” Mayor Tait said. “You’ve made Anaheim proud. And thanks to the Flames for a well-fought series.”

“Thanks Flames for a great season, for defying naysayers and making us proud,” Nenshi said. “Congratulations Ducks, good luck in the next round.”

Both mayors also will donate $230 each to a local charity in the opposing team’s city — $10 for each of the 23 goals scored in the series.

Nenshi will make a personal donation to Anaheim public charter school GOALS Academy, which provides education, programs and facilities to underserved kids in Anaheim. The academy grew out of the GOALS nonprofit, originally founded by the Ducks just after the team’s 1993 inception.

Tait will make a personal donation to Calgary Food Bank, a nonprofit that fights hunger by providing emergency food to those in need. Since the food bank’s founding in 1982, it has distributed more than 9 million pounds of food to those in need.

“Everybody wins,” Tait said. “The Ducks will continue in the playoffs and people in both cities will benefit. Thanks to Mayor Nenshi for graciously agreeing to support GOALS Academy.”

“Our team didn’t come out on top this time,” Nenshi said, “but Calgarians will get much-needed food from Mayor Tait’s generous donation.”

The Ducks will now move on to round two of the playoffs, facing off against either the Edmonton Oilers or the San Jose Sharks.

For more on the Ducks, see AnaheimDucks.com. For more on the city of Anaheim, visit Anaheim.net.

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