Seriously Ill Kids and Families at Children’s Hospital Benefit from NHL Superstar’s Generosity

Aleksander "Sasha" Barkov and Joe D patients

NHL Superstar Aleksander "Sasha" Barkov will do more than just ‘light the lamp’ with each goal he scores during the Stanley Cup playoffs, he’ll also continue to help kids being treated at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The Florida Panthers captain donates $1,600 for each goal he scores and $800 for each he assists on to the children’s hospital’s nonprofit foundation, and today announced the philanthropic campaign will continue throughout postseason play. Barkov also provides a suite for games at the FLA Live Arena for use by those connected to the pediatric facility.

After scoring 39 goals and assisting on 49 during the regular season, Barkov’s contribution entering the playoffs is $101,600.

“I am happy to continue my support of ‘Joe D.’ during the postseason,” said Barkov, affectionately called “Sasha” by family and friends. “Knowing I can bring a smile to the kids, families, and the staff is personally satisfying and I’m looking forward to visiting the children’s hospital again sometime soon.”

Barkov has previously made several trips to tour the expanding pediatric facility to meet with children, parents, caregivers, and administrators. With each visit, he brings gifts, signs autographs, and poses for photos.

“Sasha has been a great ambassador for us and a credit to athletes everywhere, selflessly sharing of himself and bringing joy to those impacted by illness,” said Kevin Janser, president of Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation. “We’re proud to have him on our team and wish the Panthers the best of luck in the playoffs.”

Updates on the alliance between the hockey star and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will be chronicled throughout the postseason on the foundation’s social media sites on Facebook (@jdchfoundation) and Instagram (@jdch_foundation). Fans can also search #BarkovScores4JoeD.

Barkov has won the NHL’s Frank J. Selke trophy, signifying the game’s best defensive forward, and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL player that combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct, and a high standard of playing ability. A Boca Raton resident, Barkov was the second overall pick in the 2013 draft and has played his entire NHL career for the Panthers.