Blues, Oilers and Flames support Fort McMurray fire victims

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As devastating fires continue to rage on in Fort McMurray, Alberta, thousands have been evacuated and many people have lost their homes. Scottie Upshall of the St. Louis Blues, who grew up in Fort McMurray, had this to say about the carnage.

A movie that I don’t really want to watch. I saw the freeway I usually used to drive in from the airport. Both sides of the road had 100-foot flames. I saw a couple of restaurants I used to go to, and they’re just … gone.
We’re in a real great spot here in the playoffs. But when lives are at stake, when a community has its backs against a wall, fighting for survival, it’s tough. Most of my family is trying not to overplay it at all, but there was really nothing to overplay when something like that happens. I’m just worried about the safety of friends and family.

Watch the destruction unfold from this dash cam.



The Blues have been supportive of Upshall sending their thoughts and prayers to him and his family. Additionally, last night the Blues announced that proceeds raised through the team’s 50/50 raffle and the Blues for Kids silent auction at Game 4 against the Dallas Stars will benefit families who have been misplaced by the fires. Fans can also bid on Blues autographed memorabilia at the game or at home to benefit the Fort McMurray community.

The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames each donated $100,000 to Red Cross Canada to aid victims of the fire. If you'd like to support victims of  Alberta's wild fires, donate to the Red Cross website.

UPDATE: The NHL donated $100,000 on Thursday to Red Cross Canada.

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