NHLPA, Hockey Night in Canada team up for charity
The National Hockey League Players' Association and CBC's Hockey Night in Canada are teaming up to donate hockey equipment to grassroots programs around the world.
The NHLPA's Goals & Dreams fund is celebrating its 10th anniversary by going on a 10-country tour in 10 days, donating around $125,000 US worth of equipment to cities across the globe.
Hockey Night in Canada analyst P.J. Stock, along with former NHLer Rob Zamuner, Goals & Dreams chairman Devin Smith and program manager Matt Langen, are participating in the full length of the 10-day tour.
"It's an honour to represent CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and NHLPA Goals & Dreams on this world tour," Stock said in a release.
HNIC is sending a film crew to document the entire trip, and will air a one-hour special on the tour, which will be aired in December.
"This program is truly impressive," Stock said. "And our unique broadcast will showcase the generosity that NHL players have exhibited for the past decade."
The tour will begin in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden on Nov. 13 and will make stops in Finland, Russia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia, Germany and the United States. It concludes at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 22.
"This initiative is all about giving back, which is why we are continuing to donate even more equipment to kids who need our help during this one-of-a-kind tour," Zamuner said.
The fund will donate 25 sets of brand-new equipment to a local grassroots hockey program at each stop of the tour. Most of the stops will also feature a retired NHL player participating in the donations in his native country.
"I'm thrilled that NHLPA Goals & Dreams is kicking off the world tour in Ornskoldsvik," said former NHLer Markus Naslund, who is participating in the program when it kicks off in his home country.
Former stars make appearances
"This tour is a great example of how NHLPA Goals & Dreams helps develop grassroots hockey programs in my home country of Sweden, and all around the world."
It will also feature appearances by former players Pavel Bure, Arturs Irbe, Jyrki Lumme, Jaroslav Modry, Martin Rucinsky, Martin Straka, Esa Tikkanen at various stops on the tour.
Players from the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs will help out with the donations when the tour makes its final stop in Toronto.
"CBC's Hockey Night in Canada supports the greatest athletes in the world and their efforts to give back to the game," said HNIC producer Sherali Najak.
"It's important that people know how much these players care about community and work to grow the sport. We are looking forward to capturing this amazing race of 10 countries in 10 days."