I knew of Derek Boogaard but not as much as say, Rick Nash or Jared Boll. I was so impressed by his choice of philanthropy and charity work. This has made me curious to explore NHLers choice of charities and philanthropy. Not only was this interesting and inspiring, it was educational as well.
Derek chose to support military families by making possible for them to attend home Rangers games. He also worked to make sure children of military families could participate in hockey sports programs. Fantastic. This is worth saying again…he played a great game and he got the giving back thing right. He got it right.
Our own Blue Jackets support many causes all through the year, with the highlight being Black Tie Gala, to support pediatric cancer charities. It seems like all the NHL teams have grants or funding for local hockey programs in one way or another. It is because of one of these grants that I was able to gear-up my kid for his first season of hockey.
What? You thought I was rollin’ in dough? Sorry to ruin that one for you…
There’s a saying that goes something like, “You can tell a lot by a man by the company he keeps.” Well, you can tell a lot about a hockey player by the philanthropy he supports. I’ll continue to write about some of the most interesting and unusual charities in the NHL so continue reading…and chime in if you know of one I should mention.
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