The National Hockey League Players' Association announced Monday that their Goals and Dreams fund has donated over $300,000 US worth of hockey equipment to grassroots programs around the world.
The Goals and Dreams fund collected over 650 sets of brand new hockey gear to donate to 33 organizations since the start of the season.
"Our recent collection of donations is a fantastic representation of the NHL players’ kindness," said Devin Smith, Chairman of NHLPA Goals & Dreams. "These donations bring the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund’s annual target of donating $1-million worth of brand new hockey equipment closer to achievement."
Several current NHLPA members have teamed up with NHLPA Goals and Dreams to give back to the hockey communities in their home country or NHL playing city:
- Brad Boyes – Skates for Kids (Welland, ON, CAN)
- B.J. Crombeen – City Hockey (St. Louis, MO, USA)
- Radek Dvorak – Tabor Hockey Club (Tabor, CZE)
- Johan Hedberg – Hockey For Everybody (Vaxholm, SWE)
- Andrei Markov – Youth Sports School (Moskovskaya, RUS)
- Jordin Tootoo – Hall Beach Girls Hockey Association (Hall Beach, NU, CAN)
- Thomas Vanek – Ice Sledge Hockey of Austria (Klagenfurt, AUT)
- Colin White & Jon Sim (former NHLPA member) – Play with the Pros (Antigonish, NS, CAN)
Since 1999, the NHLPA Goals and Dreams fund has donated over $20 million US to hockey at the grassroots level. On their 10th anniversary, they teamed up with CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and donated $125,000 US worth of equipment to cities across the globe.