Posted on 11/29/2010

Buy a raffle ticket and contribute to a great cause...a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the hockey fans in your life.

Thought tickets to the Winter Classic were impossible to find? Great news! The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is conducting a raffle for the Winter Classic Ultimate Fan Experience. The lucky winner will receive:

  • Two (2) tickets to the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on New Year’s Day at 1:00 pm (Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitols, face value up to $260 each)*
  • Hockey jersey autographed by Mario Lemieux, donated by the Mario Lemieux Foundation
  • Gift basket, donated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, including: “A Celebration of 100 Sellouts - Pittsburgh Penguins Presents,” “The Best. Ever. Mario Lemieux DVD,” Pens Ball Cap, Stocking, Official Playoff White Out shirt, and Official Playoff Rally Towel
  • $50 gift certificate, donated by Jerome Bettis’s Grill 36
  • One night’s stay at The Priory Hotel on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

The value of this prize package is approximately $1,000. Raffle tickets are $35 each, and only 1,000 tickets will be offered for sale. Sales end December 28 at 5:00 PM EST, and the drawing will take place on December 28 at 7:00 PM EST. The winner will be notified directly and announced at, on Facebook (, and via Twitter (

How to Buy

Raffle tickets may be purchased:

  • Call 724-934-0034 with your credit card information during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Offices are closed December 25-26.
  • By mailing a check for $35 made payable to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, 7500 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope, a phone number, and an e-mail address for receipt of the tickets. Checks must be received by December 28.

Questions? E-mail raffle [at]

Proceeds will benefit the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA. The Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness and support programs that give ‘ordinary people’ the power to save a life.

Not a hockey fan? You can still help the cause by donating to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation here. Contributions to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.


About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

About 295,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year in the United States and most of them (93%) die. In fact, more people die each year from SCA than from colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, traffic accidents, AIDS, firearms, suicides and house fires combined. Rapid access to CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are critical links to survival, and just about anyone has the power to use these tools to help save a life. 

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiří Fischer is one of the lucky ones. He survived sudden cardiac arrest in 2005, thanks to immediate bystander intervention with CPR and the use of an AED.

Others were not as fortunate. These athletes suffered SCA while playing hockey and were not resuscitated:

  • National Latvian hockey star, Sergei Zholtok (died 2004)
  • Former Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Darcy Robinson, an eighth round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999 (died 2007)
  • Russian hockey player, Alexei Cherepanov, the New York Ranger’s first pick in the NHL 2007 draft (died 2008)

SCA is often caused by underlying heart conditions that can sometimes be detected through heart screening. It can also be caused by commotio cordis, a condition that is triggered by a blow to the chest, such as with a hockey puck. Next to lacrosse, sudden death is more common in hockey than in any other sport.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Winter Classic tickets were donated by Paul Pendergast, past Chairman, Board of Directors, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, and President, St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Hartford, CT

Maron, B.J. et. al., Pediatrics 124 (3); 976-981, September 2009.