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Players at U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp Donate OneGoal Equipment Through NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund
Original Story can be found at USAH


August 18, 2009

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Each of the 34 National Hockey League players attending the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp in Woodridge, Ill., this week will donate 15 sets of OneGoal starter equipment to a youth hockey organization of their choice. The equipment was purchased by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), through its Goals & Dreams fund, in cooperation with USA Hockey and OneGoal.

The program was unveiled today at U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp. As part of the announcement, 35 children had the opportunity to use OneGoal equipment and play hockey for the first time with Olympic hopefuls.

"We'd like to thank the NHLPA for its gift of equipment to our local programs," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Their generosity helps further opportunities for young children to try our great sport without financial duress."

"NHLPA members are very proud to be involved with this initiative," said Paul Kelly, NHLPA executive director. "The players' Goals & Dreams program is focused on providing future generations with the opportunity to play the great game of hockey, so this is a fitting collaboration with OneGoal and USA Hockey."

Listed below are the NHL players attending USA Hockey's Men's Olympic Orientation Camp and the programs they've designated to receive their 15 sets of OneGoal starter equipment.

NOTE: OneGoal starter equipment sets are intended for use by children between the ages of four and eight and include a helmet with face shield, chest protector, elbow pads, gloves, pants and shin pads.

ABOUT THE NHLPA'S GOALS & DREAMS FUND

In 1999, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. The players’ program has donated full sets of hockey equipment to more than 13,000 economically disadvantaged children in 19 countries and assisted with upgrades and the building of hundreds of arenas world-wide. To date, Goals & Dreams has donated more than $17-million to grassroots hockey programs around the world making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA and the Goals & Dreams fund, visit www.nhlpa.com.

ABOUT USA HOCKEY

USA Hockey Inc., founded in 1936 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the National Governing Body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. With a membership of nearly 600,000 players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states, USA Hockey seeks to promote the growth of hockey and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport. For more information, visit USAHockey.com.

ABOUT ONEGOAL

OneGoal is a nonprofit organization founded by the major hockey equipment manufacturers, with support from USA Hockey, the NHL, the NHLPA, Hockey Canada and the NHL Alumni Association. Its goal is to positively affect the growth of hockey, particularly at entry level ages (four-to-eight year-olds). OneGoal seeks to accomplish its goals through media campaigns that provide visibility and key messaging for hockey and also through its OneGoal starter equipment program. Each set of starter equipment includes a helmet with face shield, chest protector, elbow pads, gloves, pants and shin pads. Youth organizations and rinks are able to purchase the OneGoal starter equipment sets at a minimal cost and lend them to prospective entry level players to sinigificantly reduce the cost to try the sport. For more information, visit OneGoal.com.
 

Organizations Designated To Receive OneGoal Equipment

Player Association

City, State

David Backes Spring Lake Park Youth Hockey Blaine, Minn.
David Booth Hockey Ministries International Montreal, Que.
Dustin Brown Ithaca Youth Hockey Association Ithaca, N.Y.
Dustin Byfuglien Roseau Youth Hockey Roseau, Minn.
Ryan Callahan Rochester Youth Hockey Rochester, N.Y.
Chris Drury Wonderland Wizards Orange, Conn.
Tom Gilbert Bloomington Jefferson Youth Hockey Bloomington, Minn.
Tim Gleason Honeybaked Farmington Hills, Mich.
Scott Gomez Scott Gomez Foundation Anchorage, Alaska
Ron Hainsey Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization Manchester, Conn.
Erik Johnson Bloomington Athletic Hockey Association Bloomington, Minn.
Jack Johnson Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association Ann Arbor, Mich.
Patrick Kane Cazenovia Park Hockey Association Buffalo, N.Y.
Ryan Kesler Livonia Hockey Association Livonia, Mich.
Phil Kessel Madison Capitals Madison, Wis.
Mike Komisarek Suffolk P.A.L. Hauppauge, N.Y.
Jamie Langenbrunner Cloquet Hockey Association Cloquet, Minn.
Ryan Malone TBA TBA
Paul Martin Elk River Youth Hockey Association Elk River, Minn.
Ryan Miller Great Lansing Amateur Hockey Association Lansing, Mich.
Mike Modano Junior Stars Hockey Association Dallas, Texas
Kyle Okposo Highland Central Association St. Paul, Minn.
Brooks Orpik Hockey in the Hood Sewickley, Pa.
T.J. Oshie Warroad Youth Hockey Warroad, Minn.
Zach Parise Highland Central Association St. Paul, Minn.
Joe Pavelski Portage County Youth On Ice Stevens Point, Wis.
Jonathan Quick Hamden Youth Hockey Hamden, Conn.
Brian Rafalski Wyandotte Youth Hockey Wyandotte, Mich.
Bobby Ryan Anaheim Junior Ducks Anaheim, Calif.
Rob Scuderi Freeport Arrows Bellmore, N.Y.
Paul Stastny Chesterfield Hockey Association Chesterfield, Mo.
Ryan Suter Madison Capitals Madison, Wis.
Tim Thomas Flint Icelanders Flint, Mich.
Ryan Whitney South Boston Youth Hockey South Boston, Mass.