Alberta hockey fans can now support their clubs with team licence plates

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On Friday, Minister of Service Alberta Brian Malkinson announced that starting November 19, fans can display their loyalty for the Oilers and Flames by ordering a new custom licence plate.

Starting on November 19, Albertans will be able to purchase the licence plates from any registry agent for a one-time cost of $75 plus fees.

"It's a fantastic opportunity, it gives our fans a chance to rally behind our foundations and raise funds for some really great causes both up in Edmonton and here in Calgary". "We're pleased to give them a way to not only express their loyalty to their favourite National Hockey League team on their vehicles, but also give back to their communities", Malkinson said.

Money from the sales of the licence plates will also go towards supporting the Calgary Flames Foundation and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. "We look forward to sharing the proceeds raised by this initiative with charitable and other organizations based in southern Alberta in support of health and wellness, education and amateur and grassroots sports", said John Bean, president of Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation.

"Now, the Battle of Alberta is also on Alberta's roads - be nice to each other out there".

One of two specialty plates Service Alberta introduced on Saturday.

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The Battle of Alberta is being taken to a whole new level - the streets. Under the alphanumerical plate numbers, will be the slogans "the C of Red Lives Here", or "Let's Go Oilers", depending on the plate chosen.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation focuses on "education, health and wellness and youth hockey programming", said executive director Natalie Minckler. "It's a great rivalry that Albertans enjoy".

"At the end of the season I think there will be definitely some bragging between the teams, I'm curious to see which team's fans end up buying more of these plates".

The hockey logos expand on Alberta's specialty licence plate program, which features the Support Our Troops design saluting the Canadian Armed Forces.

Since the program was started four years ago, Malkinson said 43,000 Support Our Troops plates have been sold.

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