Ducks donate to Special Olympics.

TheDucks announced today that the club and American Honda are partnering with Special Olympics Southern California in a philanthropic effort to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes. The club will join American Honda in collectively donating $1,000 for eachAnaheimvictory throughout the 2008-09 NHL regular season campaign. With five current regular season victories (including a 3-2 win atColumbuslast night), Special Olympics has received $5,000 to date. In addition, American Honda will donate a yet-to-be-determined amount at the conclusion of the season based on “Three Stars” points earned by Ducks players.

“We want to thank our partners at American Honda for joining us in this special initiative,” said Ducks Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing OfficerBob Wagner. “This season-long effort will directly benefit the athletes of Special Olympics, which makes each Ducks win mean so much more.”

American Honda will also participate in the NHL’s “Three Stars” program, donating $100 to Special Olympics Southern California for each point accumulated by the Ducks player with the most Three Stars points at the end of the regular season. Last season’s leader was goaltenderJ.S. Giguerewith 62 points.Players receive three points when named as the First Star, two points when named the Second Star and one point when named the Third Star of the game.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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