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February 2019

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Money Lessons from NHL Players

Combining for nearly 25 years of NHL experience, GAVIN President, Stew Gavin, and TSN Overdrive star, Jamie “Noodles” McLennan, joined forces to provide the hockey community with some sound financial tips. Click the link below read about a lesson learned by Noodles and some personal financial rules for today’s National Hockey League stars.

Tips from the Pros

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Checklist for Traded Players

The NHL trade deadline has grown to become one of the most exciting days of the NHL season. While teams in the playoff race bulked-up for a late season push, teams waving their white flags unloaded salary and acquired promising young assets. What many fail to consider is the immediate lifestyle changes faced by the players who have been traded. Check out the checklist below to lear...

The NHL trade deadline has grown to become one of the most exciting days of the NHL season. While teams in the playoff race bulked-up for a late season push, teams waving their white flags unloaded salary and acquired promising young assets. What many fail to consider is the immediate lifestyle changes faced by the players who have been traded. Check out the checklist below to learn more about some of the players’ considerations when they are on the move.

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Player Spotlight

Ryan Ellis, Nashville Predators

This month’s player spotlight is on Nashville Predators’ defensemen Ryan Ellis. At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Hamilton, Ontario native was selected 11th overall by the Nashville Predators. Now in his 8th NHL season, the reliable defenseman sits fifth in the NHL in total time on-ice. Before becoming an NHL star, Ryan put together one of the greatest junior careers of ...

This month’s player spotlight is on Nashville Predators’ defensemen Ryan Ellis. At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Hamilton, Ontario native was selected 11th overall by the Nashville Predators. Now in his 8th NHL season, the reliable defenseman sits fifth in the NHL in total time on-ice. Before becoming an NHL star, Ryan put together one of the greatest junior careers of all time. Ryan still holds the record for the most points by a defenseman in the World Junior Championships (25 in 19 games) and has been ranked number 7 by TSN on the list of all-time greatest Canadian World Junior players. Check out this hilarious commercial sharing some of Ryan’s methods for managing money.

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December 2018

Player Spotlight

Michael McLeod, New Jersey Devils

This month’s player spotlight is on New Jersey Devils’ prospect, Michael McLeod. At the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the Mississauga, Ontario native was selected 12th overall by the Devils. Returning to the Ontario Hockey League, Michael would amass over 200 career points during his tenure with the Steelheads. As a result of his dominance in the OHL, Michael was selected to represen...

This month’s player spotlight is on New Jersey Devils’ prospect, Michael McLeod. At the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the Mississauga, Ontario native was selected 12th overall by the Devils. Returning to the Ontario Hockey League, Michael would amass over 200 career points during his tenure with the Steelheads. As a result of his dominance in the OHL, Michael was selected to represent Canada, earning silver and gold medals at the 2017 and the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships. Most recently, Michael has begun his transition to professional hockey and made his NHL debut with the Devils last month. Click the link below to see more on Michael’s debut.

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A GAVIN Christmas Card

Each year, mailboxes and inboxes around the world are jammed full of Christmas cards. Decorated with typical salutations, the age-old tradition reminds us of all the important people in our world. This year, the team at GAVIN took our Christmas card to the next level. Check out the video below to watch the making of our Christmas card!

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GAVIN’s Gift Guide

Coming up with thoughtful, romantic gifts for your wife (or girlfriend, or fianceé) during a busy NHL schedule isn’t always easy. Accordingly, if you are leaving your Christmas shopping until the last minute and still need gift ideas for your significant other, GAVIN has got you covered. Check out our gift giving guide below, complied by the ladies at GAVIN.

GAVIN's Gift Guide

November 2018

Player Spotlight

Nate Thompson, Los Angeles Kings

This month’s player spotlight is on Los Angeles Kings’ forward, Nate Thompson. At the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the Anchorage, Alaska native was selected 183rd overall by the Boston Bruins. Following successful campaigns with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Providence Bruins, Nate made his NHL debut with the Bruins in 2006. Now in his thirteenth professional season, Nate has appeare...

This month’s player spotlight is on Los Angeles Kings’ forward, Nate Thompson. At the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the Anchorage, Alaska native was selected 183rd overall by the Boston Bruins. Following successful campaigns with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Providence Bruins, Nate made his NHL debut with the Bruins in 2006. Now in his thirteenth professional season, Nate has appeared in over 600 NHL games and represented Team USA twice in World Championship competition. Most recently, Nate celebrated an important off-ice accomplishment, accepting his two-year sobriety medallion. Click the link below to read about Nate’s recovery and the amazing support system that has helped him along the way.

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An NHL Escrow Update

Last month, the NHLPA informed players that two escrow refunds would be processed for players on NHL rosters during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. From the 2015/16 season, an additional refund of approximately 0.20% has pushed the total refund to 3.33% that season. As for the 2016/17 season, players have been refunded 2.84% of their salaries. Click below to see a complete escrow ...

Last month, the NHLPA informed players that two escrow refunds would be processed for players on NHL rosters during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. From the 2015/16 season, an additional refund of approximately 0.20% has pushed the total refund to 3.33% that season. As for the 2016/17 season, players have been refunded 2.84% of their salaries. Click below to see a complete escrow recap.

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Newfoundland Growlers

In the Spring of 2017, the city of St. John’s was struck with the news that their AHL, and Montreal Canadiens affiliate franchise, would be relocated to Laval, Quebec. Twelve months later, the ECHL announced they would add a new franchise to the hockey crazed province of Newfoundland. Click the link below to learn more about the franchise and individuals responsible for bringing ho...

In the Spring of 2017, the city of St. John’s was struck with the news that their AHL, and Montreal Canadiens affiliate franchise, would be relocated to Laval, Quebec. Twelve months later, the ECHL announced they would add a new franchise to the hockey crazed province of Newfoundland. Click the link below to learn more about the franchise and individuals responsible for bringing hockey back to Newfoundland.

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Hockey Halloween

Officially, Halloween is on October 31, but the hectic and demanding NHL schedule causes most teams to celebrate the festivities a little earlier. As we all know, Halloween is one of the most creative times of the year, and over the years we’ve discovered that NHL athletes go all out. Click the link below to see some of the best costumes around the league.

Hockey Halloween Costumes

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Preparing To Be A Pro

In September, GAVIN Hockey Wealth Specialists launched the “Preparing to be a Pro” series. The goal of the series is to provide young prospects with the tools necessary to be financially informed as they transition to a career in the National Hockey League. Click the link below to watch the video that introduces the “Preparing to be a Pro” series.

Preparing To Be A Pro

Player Spotlight

Mike Van Ryn, St. Louis Blues

This month’s player spotlight is on St. Louis Blues Assistant Coach and father of three, Mike Van Ryn. After winning a National Championship with the Michigan Wolverines, the London native was selected 26th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In the fall of 1999, Mike moved back to Canada to join the OHL, where he, and teammate Mike Comrie, took advantage of a rule which all...

This month’s player spotlight is on St. Louis Blues Assistant Coach and father of three, Mike Van Ryn. After winning a National Championship with the Michigan Wolverines, the London native was selected 26th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In the fall of 1999, Mike moved back to Canada to join the OHL, where he, and teammate Mike Comrie, took advantage of a rule which allowed them to sign with any NHL club. The following summer, Mike signed as a UFA with the St. Louis Blues, prompting the NHL to amend the CBA banning junior players from declaring free agency. Click the link below to learn more about the “Mike Van Ryn Rule”.

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