BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Sept. 21, 2011) – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have announced that Norwalk Hospital will continue to serve as the Official Hospital of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the 2011-12 season.

This marks the second consecutive season that Norwalk Hospital will partner with the Sound Tigers. Norwalk Hospital will sponsor health awareness and education events at several Sound Tigers home games.

”The Bridgeport Sound Tigers entertain thousands of Fairfield County families with great hockey action each year,” said Daniel J. DeBarba, President and CEO of Norwalk Hospital. “This partnership will help the Hospital to continue to provide important health education to the community, and we’re proud to be designated the Official Hospital of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.”

The Sound Tigers also announced today that their home game on Saturday, Jan. 14 vs. the Providence Bruins will be “Pink Rink Night” in support of breast cancer awareness, sponsored by Norwalk Hospital. In addition, the Sound Tigers will wear commemorative game jerseys that will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Norwalk Hospital’s Smilow Family Breast Health Center.

“We are thrilled to partner with Norwalk Hospital again this season and look forward to them serving as the exclusive sponsor for our commemorative jerseys on Pink Rink Night.” said Howard Saffan, President of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. “Norwalk Hospital is a cornerstone of Fairfield County. Its importance and impact on our community is immeasurable."

Norwalk Hospital is a national leader in health care quality and patient safety. The Hospital was awarded the HealthGrades® Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ in 2010 and 2011, the only hospital in Fairfield County so honored. HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading, independent health care ratings organization, analyzed three years of Medicare data and determined that Norwalk Hospital ranked in the top five percent of all hospitals nationally for clinical excellence.

The Sound Tigers regular season kicks off Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. against the Portland Pirates at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. For information on partial or season ticket plans as well as group outings, contact the Sound Tigers at (203) 345-2300 or e-mail info@soundtigers.com.