City of Toronto and NHLPA Goals and Dreams fund team up|
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Toronto Parks and Recreation and the Gord Summers Memorial Hockey League
celebrated the successful partnership with the National Hockey League Players'
Association (NHLPA) Goals and Dreams fund today at Moss Park Arena, 140
Sherbourne St. A total of 60 complete sets of hockey equipment valued at
$30,000 will be distributed to local high needs children providing them with
the opportunity to experience playing the sport of hockey.
"Toronto Parks and Recreation is extremely proud of this successful partnership
with the NHLPA; through their assistance we can ensure local children will
become more physically active and have the same opportunities as any other
child," stated Brenda Librecz, Acting General Manager of Toronto Parks and
"The NHLPA Goals and Dreams fund is excited about our partnership with Toronto
Parks and Recreation and the Gord Summers Memorial Hockey League," stated Mike
Gartner, former NHL great, Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and Chairman of
the NHLPA Goals and Dreams fund. "The NHLPA and the Gord Summers Memorial
Hockey League partnership is helping children get the chance to experience the
same thrill that other children experience by playing the sport of hockey."
"It is very rewarding to be able to help these children participate in the
sport of hockey," stated Toronto Maple Leafs' Captain Mats Sundin, who attended
the event this afternoon along with fellow teammate Bryan McCabe. "I know the
members of the NHLPA are proud of the Goals and Dreams fund and pleased to be
making a difference in the lives of young children here in Toronto and also
around the world."
Established in 1999, the NHLPA Goals and Dreams fund is funded by NHLPA members
who provide up to $15 million to grass roots hockey programs over a five-year
period. Over 5,000 children living in such places as Australia, Canada, Costa
Rica, Czech Republic, England, Finland, India, Kazahkstan, Romania, Russia,
Sweden and the United States have received equipment donations from NHLPA
members. In addition, arenas in small towns around the world have benefited by
receiving contributions from the players, which include everything from nets
and Zambonis to boards and glass.
Representatives from Toronto Parks and Recreation and the Gord Summers Hockey
League, Toronto Maple Leafs' Mats Sundin and Bryan McCabe, and Mike Gartner,
Goals and Dreams Chairman, Member of Hockey Hall of Fame, launched the program
The event featured photo and interview opportunities, presentations, equipment
handouts and on-ice activities.
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