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June 2020

Player Spotlight

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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

April 2020

Player Spotlight

Scott Laughton, Philadelphia Flyers

This month’s player spotlight is on Philadelphia Flyers’ forward, Scott Laughton. The 19/20 hockey season has marked Scott’s sixth NHL campaign, quietly putting together his most productive season yet. Scott’s dedication and leadership shown during his time with the Oshawa Generals was a paramount factor when he was selected in the first round (20th overall) by the Flyers in ...

This month’s player spotlight is on Philadelphia Flyers’ forward, Scott Laughton. The 19/20 hockey season has marked Scott’s sixth NHL campaign, quietly putting together his most productive season yet. Scott’s dedication and leadership shown during his time with the Oshawa Generals was a paramount factor when he was selected in the first round (20th overall) by the Flyers in 2012. Now eight years later, Scott is playing a pivotal role with the Stanley Cup contending, Philadelphia Flyers. Click the link below as Scott is mic’d up during a regular season bout with the Ottawa Senators.

Show More + Mic'd Up with Scott Laughton

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Giordano Pays It Forward

Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano and his family have been quietly paying it forward during the COVID-19 lockdown. Earlier this month, a Calgary woman posted to social media that her grocery bill of $430 has been covered by someone who worked for Giordano. Click the link below to read more about the story.

Calgary Flames captain buying groceries for those in need

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Stew discusses the shutdown’s impact with TSN1040.

Stew discusses the message he is communicating to clients during the work stoppage and what’s at stake as the shutdown continues. He also digs up the past with some authentic Hartford Whalers stories! Click the link below to listen to Stew’s entire interview with TSN 1040 Vancouver

Stew with Halford & Brough on TSN1040

March 2020

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The NHLPA on Handling COVID-19

In the midst of the NHL’s suspended season and the global coronavirus pandemic, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr took time to speak with The Hockey News owner and publisher W. Graeme Roustan about the future of overseas travel, how the NHLPA has remained in contact with players and the next steps during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click below to listen to the insightful podcas...

In the midst of the NHL’s suspended season and the global coronavirus pandemic, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr took time to speak with The Hockey News owner and publisher W. Graeme Roustan about the future of overseas travel, how the NHLPA has remained in contact with players and the next steps during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click below to listen to the insightful podcast.

Show More + The Hockey News Podcast: Don Fehr

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COVID-19 on the NHL’s Bottom Line

All sports leagues are feeling the impact from the suspension of play. However, hockey’s shutdown is significant because the NHL relies the most on gate revenue among the four major North American professional leagues. While fans suffer from the absence, the owners and players share the losses as games are cancelled and ticket sales vanish. Click the link below as Stew commen...

All sports leagues are feeling the impact from the suspension of play. However, hockey’s shutdown is significant because the NHL relies the most on gate revenue among the four major North American professional leagues. While fans suffer from the absence, the owners and players share the losses as games are cancelled and ticket sales vanish. Click the link below as Stew comments on how the coronavirus could impact the NHL’s bottom line.

Show More + A Look at the COVID-19 Impact on the NHL

Player Spotlight

Jamie McLennan, NHL Alumni

This month’s player spotlight is on retired NHL goaltender, Jamie “Noodles” McLennan. Jamie’s eleven NHL seasons were split between the Islanders, Blues, Wild, Flames and Rangers. During Jamie’s lengthy career he was always recognized as a favorite among teammates. It is this likable personality that has made his transition from the NHL to media so successfu...

This month’s player spotlight is on retired NHL goaltender, Jamie “Noodles” McLennan. Jamie’s eleven NHL seasons were split between the Islanders, Blues, Wild, Flames and Rangers. During Jamie’s lengthy career he was always recognized as a favorite among teammates. It is this likable personality that has made his transition from the NHL to media so successful. Since the news of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Noodles has stressed the importance of proper hygiene and social distancing. Check out Jamie’s public service announcement, once again stressing the importance of taking care of each other during these uncertain times.

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Player Spotlight

Victoria Bach, Team Canada & PWHPA

This month’s player spotlight is on Team Canada forward, Victoria Bach. A native of Milton, Ontario, the 5’4 sniper started her playing career with the Mississauga Girls Hockey Club. Recruited by over 20 NCAA programs, Victoria selected Boston University as her new home. At the completion of Victoria’s four year scholarship, she had broken many scoring records, amassing...

This month’s player spotlight is on Team Canada forward, Victoria Bach. A native of Milton, Ontario, the 5’4 sniper started her playing career with the Mississauga Girls Hockey Club. Recruited by over 20 NCAA programs, Victoria selected Boston University as her new home. At the completion of Victoria’s four year scholarship, she had broken many scoring records, amassing nearly 200 points in less than 150 games. That spring, Victoria was selected by the Markham Thunder of the CWHL, going on to win the league’s Rookie of the Year Award. Click the link below to view our interview with Victoria Bach!

Show More + Victoria Bach Highlights & Interview

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Sportsnet: Women in Hockey

Hockey is always changing, so it should be no surprise that the barriers around who holds power in the sport have changed. Today, girls’ hockey is one of the fastest-growing sports in North America, with help from back-to-back appearances at the NHL All-Star Weekend. Click the link below to read who Sportsnet ranks as the 25 most powerful women in hockey.

25 Most Powerful Women

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PWHPA: This Game is for All of Us

The PWHPA is composed of the best female hockey players from around the world. They represent all levels of experience, including Olympic medalists, World Champions, veteran professionals, and recent college graduates. Click the link below to learn more about the goal of the PWHPA and their mission on this season’s #DreamGapTour.

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