NHLPA Goals & Dreams
The NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund is the largest grassroots hockey assistance program in the world. Founded in 1999, NHLPA Goals & Dreams has contributed over $22 million to grassroots hockey programs and related causes in 33 countries. Through the donation of equipment grants, the program has given more than 70,000 deserving children the opportunity to play hockey and benefit from the sport’s commitment to teamwork, discipline and physical fitness.
An Advisory Board representing hockey’s best governs NHLPA Goals & Dreams donations. The Board members include: 1972 Summit Series hero and former NHL player Paul Henderson; former NHL goaltender John Davidson; Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean; former NHL players; and current NHLPA members. NHLPA staff members and former NHL players Mathieu Schneider and Rob Zamuner also sit on the Board to help guide the program on a day-to-day basis, while Devin Smith is the Chairman.
NHLPA Goals & Dreams focuses exclusively on providing equipment to programs and organizations that help deserving children and families get involved with the sport. To address needs not covered by this mandate, the fund launched the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Game-Changer Award in 2010. Families facing unique economic or social challenges and communities requiring emergency arena repairs can apply online to receive individual grants.
NHLPA Goals & Dreams celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2014 and continues to evolve by giving players the opportunity to connect with communities and children around the world and give back through the game they love. The program is a cornerstone of the NHLPA’s efforts at the grassroots level and will continue to be an incredible vehicle for exposing children to the game of hockey.