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August 2020

Player Spotlight

A Tribute To Dale Hawerchuk

On 18-Aug-20, Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Dale Hawerchuk passed away following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. From his humble roots in Oshawa, Ontario, to becoming a junior hockey, Team Canada and NHL legend. Click the link below for a fantastic biography provided by the Winnipeg Jets.

Video: Dale Hawerchuk Biography (1963-2020)

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Black Lives Matter

On 26-Aug-20, the NBA community took a remarkable stance to protest against police brutality and violence against Black Lives. Without question, the players have shown they want to do more and they want the league to join them. Click the link below to review the hectic hours around a historic night.

The Hectic Hours Leading Up to the Boycott

Player Spotlight

Dillon Dube, Calgary Flames

This month’s player spotlight is on Calgary Flames’ forward, Dillon Dube. Dillon just completed is second full professional season in the Flames’ organization. Despite being eliminated by the high-powered Dallas Stars, Dillon’s NHL playoff debut was personally successful as he finished second on his team in goals. Before entering the NHL, Dillon represented Canada...

This month’s player spotlight is on Calgary Flames’ forward, Dillon Dube. Dillon just completed is second full professional season in the Flames’ organization. Despite being eliminated by the high-powered Dallas Stars, Dillon’s NHL playoff debut was personally successful as he finished second on his team in goals. Before entering the NHL, Dillon represented Canada twice at the World Junior Hockey Championships, including being the captain of the gold medal team in 2018. Check out the video link below, as Dillon reflects on his growth over the last season.

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July 2020

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NHL & NHLPA Ratify CBA

On 10-Jul-20, The NHLPA and NHL approved a four-year extension to the CBA, which will remain valid through the 2025-26 season. Click the link below to view the terms of the new deal, detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding, and some important items surrounding the current Return to Play Plan.

CBA Summary of Terms

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Stage is Set for 2020 Playoffs

The format may look different, but the quest for the Stanley Cup is unchanged. In fact, some of hockey’s most notable names have acknowledged the prestige that will be associated with the eventual Stanley Cup Champion. Check out the video that revisits the last five months and our shared excitement now that #HockeyIsBack.

#HockeyIsBack

Player Spotlight

Nick Kypreos, RealKyper at Noon

This month’s player spotlight is on Nick Kypreos. Kyper’s eight NHL seasons were split between the Capitals, Whalers, Rangers and Leafs. However, his notoriety surged as a result of his success as one of the NHL’s top hockey analysts. For 21 years Nick was featured on Sportsnet broadcasts, including Hockey Night in Canada and Hockey Central at noon, which became t...

This month’s player spotlight is on Nick Kypreos. Kyper’s eight NHL seasons were split between the Capitals, Whalers, Rangers and Leafs. However, his notoriety surged as a result of his success as one of the NHL’s top hockey analysts. For 21 years Nick was featured on Sportsnet broadcasts, including Hockey Night in Canada and Hockey Central at noon, which became the highest-rated radio hockey show. As the NHL returns from the COVID-19 shutdown, the timing was perfect for Nick to launch his new program, RealKyper at Noon. Kyper’s new platform delivers authentic hockey conversations with the most knowledgeable names in the sport. Click the link below to get caught up!

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June 2020

Player Spotlight

GAVIN Client Profile

We are often asked, “With whom do you work?”  Our answer is simple, we work with athletes that are committed to being as successful off the ice as they are on the ice.  This video highlights the accomplishments of those who have chosen to plan for financial success by working with an advisor who specializes in making professional hockey players financially secure....

We are often asked, “With whom do you work?”  Our answer is simple, we work with athletes that are committed to being as successful off the ice as they are on the ice.  This video highlights the accomplishments of those who have chosen to plan for financial success by working with an advisor who specializes in making professional hockey players financially secure. 

Show More + The Best of The Best

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Players’ Coalition For Diversity

Earlier this month, a group of professional hockey players formed the Coalition for Diversity in Hockey. The formation was inspired by the wave of athletes joining calls for racial justice, the new Hockey Diversity Alliance aims to address the challenges faced by players of color. Click the link below to learn more about this effort.

Hockey Diversity Alliance discusses being minorities in hockey

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We Need to Be Loud

For a long time, fear of saying the wrong thing kept Erik Gudbranson from speaking out. But as Erik explains, the fight for racial justice is too important for any of us to stay silent. Click the link below to read Erik’s thoughtful article discussing the violence and systemic racism faced by the Black communit

Big Reads By Erik Gudbranson

Player Spotlight

James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers

This month’s player spotlight is on Philadelphia Flyers’ forward, James van Riemsdyk. In 2007, James was selected second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in that summer’s NHL Entry Draft. In 2018, James returned for a second shift in Philadelphia following six productive seasons in Toronto. As a member of the NHLPA return to play committee, in the video below, James s...

This month’s player spotlight is on Philadelphia Flyers’ forward, James van Riemsdyk. In 2007, James was selected second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in that summer’s NHL Entry Draft. In 2018, James returned for a second shift in Philadelphia following six productive seasons in Toronto. As a member of the NHLPA return to play committee, in the video below, James speaks about the NHL’s plan to resume play, his involvement in the negotiations and becoming a first-time dad last month

Show More + JVR Explains his Return To Play Role with the PA

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Review Disability Insurance Before You Return

It is estimated that only 350 NHL players purchase disability insurance policies to protect their future earnings. In the article below, player agent and Stew’s former teammate, Mike Liut, stresses the importance for players to review their policies before returning to play. 

Liut's Warning for NHL Players

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How will return to play work?

Last week, the NHL announced a strategy to have players return to action over the next several months. In this detailed plan, the league released a 21-page document that covered everything from COVID-19 testing to travel. Check out the video which breaks down everything you need to know from the document.

The Plan for Phase 2
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