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Sports Flames, Oilers fans raise nearly $20,000 for charity after Tkachuk-Kassian skirmish

11:05  16 january  2020
11:05  16 january  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

Tkachuk: If Kassian 'doesn't want to get hit, stay off the tracks'

  Tkachuk: If Kassian 'doesn't want to get hit, stay off the tracks' Matthew Tkachuk had some advice for Zack Kassian after the Edmonton Oilers winger responded to a hard hit from the Calgary Flames forward with a series of pummeling blows. “If (Kassian) doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the tracks," Tkachuk said according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis.“If (Kassian) doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the tracks," Tkachuk said according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis. "I caught him three times there – you think he’d learn after the first one.

Oilers ’ Kassian could face discipline after skirmish with Flames ’ Tkachuk . Calgary fans think Tkachuk is a fine young fellow, a kid who plays hard and who did nothing wrong to To his credit, at least Tkachuk was drilling Kassian , who has had 33 NHL fights, not going after Connor McDavid or

Flames ' Tkachuk still has Oilers ' Kassian fired up. Kassian defended his attack on Tkachuk during the Oilers ' loss at the Flames on Saturday night, which earned him a misconduct penalty and a two-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames skates away after a fight against Zack Kassian #44 of the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 11, 2020 in Calgary, Canada. Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames skates away after a fight against Zack Kassian #44 of the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 11, 2020 in Calgary, Canada.

From fighting comes… philanthropy?

The Battle of Alberta got nasty on Saturday as Oilers forward Zack Kassian and Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk traded barbs during Calgary's 4-3 win over Edmonton.

The fallout from the game, which featured some questionable Tkachuk hits before Kassian's retaliatory attack, included a two-game suspension for the latter and nothing for the former.

An unhappy Kassian later said he has "a long memory" and "that gave me some clarity about what you can do and can't do now," in reference to the lack of supplemental discipline against Tkachuk.

Tkachuk says not fighting Kassian was ‘probably the right thing to do’

  Tkachuk says not fighting Kassian was ‘probably the right thing to do’ A master at steering his way through controversies like these, Matthew Tkachuk stood by his decision to avoid fighting Zack Kassian. The post Leafs’ attention to detail issues should be ‘easy to fix’ appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.In fact, he says a large number of NHLers would have done the same thing he did Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers tough guy.

Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian has been suspended for two games without pay for grabbing Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk by the Tkachuk refused to fight Kassian after the hit, a decision that was widely debated by fans and commentators. Kassian will forfeit $ 20 ,967.74 under

Oilers forward Zack Kassian continues his war of words with Matthew Tkachuk following their latest altercations in Saturday's Battle of Alberta, says "he

Flames fans disagreed, and started a fundraising campaign to place billboards with Tkachuk's face plastered on them across Edmonton.

When the campaign reached $3,053 in less than 24 hours, surpassing its $2,500 goal, a local radio station stepped in to say it would handle the billboards, and the fundraiser money would now be directed toward ALS research. That GoFundMe page now says it has raised $3,738.

Like Kassian, Oilers fans felt the need to strike back. On Tuesday, Twitter user @SamInYEG posted a donation receipt to the charity Brown Bagging For Calgary's Kids "so that kids can get a proper meal and grow up to be tougher than Tkachuk."

On Wednesday, @SamInYEG posted an update that Brown Bagging had received 169 donations totalling $6520.88 and over 3,000 lunches — in less than 24 hours.

Her latest Twitter update revealed more than $10,000 had gone to the charity. Dragon's Den personality W. Brett Wilson also pledged to match donations up to that number, as well as another $5,000 to the Edmonton shelter of @SamInYeg's choosing.

Combined with the Calgary efforts, that's nearly $20,000 in donations as a result of a relatively minor skirmish in the Battle of Alberta.

The Flames and Oilers next meet on Jan. 29, when Kassian will have returned from suspension.

Tkachuk billboards go up in Edmonton as total funds raised tops $67,000 .
Drivers in Edmonton were reminded of much-maligned Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk Wednesday, after billboards featuring the feisty forward popped up in Alberta’s capital. The advertisement, featuring Tkachuk’s No. 19 and boasting “Matthew Tkachuk’s friendship tour coming Jan. 29” — the date the Edmonton Oilers next face off against the Flames — are appearing on rotation on some electronic billboards in the city. The idea for the The advertisement, featuring Tkachuk’s No. 19 and boasting “Matthew Tkachuk’s friendship tour coming Jan. 29” — the date the Edmonton Oilers next face off against the Flames — are appearing on rotation on some electronic billboards in the city.

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