Every time Alex Tanguay makes a beautiful passing play that ends in a goal, he's not just helping his team on the ice.

Whenever Tanguay records an assist this season, he's working towards finding a way a family can successfully battle the ravages of stomach cancer.

The slick left-winger is often criticized for not shooting enough, but assists are important to him.

For every helper he records, Tanguay can feel good about another $200 he donates for cancer research.

About a dozen Calgary Flames players are involved in charities around the community, and most get interested in helping out causes because of personal experience.

Stomach cancer really hit home with the Tanguay family.

In January 2010, Tanguay's wife Helene was informed that her mother had the disease. She died in June 2010.