The Core Development Program (CDP) aims to help NHL players become better professionals both on and off of the ice. Through engagement in CDP, the NHL and NHLPA aim to promote and facilitate healthy and productive lives for all Players during their NHL careers, and will help them transition to life and their post-playing careers. The launch of CDP coincided with the opening month of the 2016-17 season. It was created to provide NHL players with information, resources and services to enhance their career experience.
The goal of CDP is two-fold: (1) to provide players with an opportunity to develop a path to success off the ice; and (2), to provide players with a customized strategy to enhance their overall performance during their playing career. CDP is designed to create opportunities to identify or complete educational endeavors, augment financial goals, build networking skills, establish key professional networks, and create strong philanthropic, business and career foundations.