Hamilton Bulldogs welcome 2,000 health care workers to FirstOntario Centre for first home game in 19 months

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Published October 8, 2021 at 12:15 pm

2,000 Hamilton health care workers will be on-hand for the Bulldogs' first regular season home game since Mar. 7, 2020.

The Ontario Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs are inviting approximately 2,000 health care workers and their families to the team’s home opener Saturday (Oct. 9) night.

Bulldogs owner and CEO of Andlauer Healthcare Group, Michael Andlauer made the announcement, saying he wants to thank and honour health care workers for their continued service during the pandemic.

“These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” said Andlauer. “On behalf of the Bulldogs and our fans I’d like to thank the frontline health care workers who have worked tirelessly over the past year and a half and sacrificed so much to keep people safe.”

The Bulldogs say the majority of the health care workers — all of whom are fully vaccinated — will come from hospitals and health care systems in Hamilton.

“Our local healthcare workers have worked around the clock to ensure the health and safety of our community and I cannot think of a better way to honour them than enjoying the Bulldogs home opener game at FirstOntario Centre,” said Melissa Farrell, President of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

The Bulldogs haven’t played a regular-season home game at FirstOntario Centre since Mar. 7, 2020.

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