MANITOWANING—The Manitowaning Minor Hockey Association announced a donation of five brand new sets of hockey goalie equipment, courtesy of the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s (NHLPA) Goals and Dreams fund.
Association President Jeremy Mailloux stated, “Through the donation of goalie equipment from the NHLPA, we were allowed to ensure safety and enjoyment for kids who aspire to become a goalie. This generous donation cut costs for our association and families within our community by providing necessary equipment for all divisions.”
Chairman of the Goals and Dreams fund, Devin Smith, commented on the success of the program in a press release. “Over the last 12 years, NHL players have donated more than $20 million to fund and assist grassroots hockey programs around the world. We’ve sent equipment everywhere from Australia to South Africa, Europe, Malaysia and North America. The biggest obstacle in participating in hockey is the cost of equipment. Our goal is to bridge that gap for less fortunate children.”
In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals and 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 that has benefited more than 60,000 economically challenged children in 25 countries and assisted with upgrades and the building of hundreds of arenas world-wide. To date, Goals and Dreams has donated more than $20 million to grassroots hockey programs around the world making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit www.nhlpa.com.