…NHL players to guide the next generation of Canadian grassroots hockey
TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - The National Hockey League Players' Association
(NHLPA) in partnership with Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is
pleased to announce the Allstate All-Canadians program, one of the most significant player-driven initiatives in
hockey history, designed to re-invest in the grassroots of the game.
Unveiled today, Allstate All-Canadians is a mentorship program designed to guide the next generation of
Canada's hockey youth.
The new Allstate All-Canadians program will provide young players, coaches and parents with the
opportunity to access exclusive on-ice drills and off-ice development
tips directly from NHL players and other hockey industry experts via
the program's newly-launched website href="http://www.allstate.all-canadians.com/">www.allstate.all-canadians.com. This site will be the number one destination for Canadians looking to
access expert information directly from NHL players.
The NHLPA and Allstate Canada will also be working to benefit young
hockey players at the elite level. The 40 best Bantam prospects in
Canada will be scouted, identified and invited to attend a special
"Next Generation" camp where they will receive one-on-one mentorship
and instruction on a variety of key on-ice and off-ice topics from
Canadian hockey heroes.
"Teaching the skills of the game of hockey is important, but we also see
an opportunity for NHL players to offer so much more through the Allstate All-Canadians program," said Mike Ouellet, NHLPA Chief of Business Affairs. "The
NHLPA and Allstate Canada will provide information in all of the areas
necessary for young players to be at their best - nutrition, sports
psychology, conditioning, physical fitness and leadership."
Eleven years ago, the NHLPA launched the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund,
which to date has donated more than $19-million to grassroots hockey
around the world. NHL players are now further giving back to grassroots
hockey in Canada through this program with Allstate Canada to help
mentor the next generation of youth hockey nationwide to keep the game
of hockey strong and vibrant.
"The Allstate All-Canadians hockey mentorship program is a tremendous opportunity for young
Canadians to learn how to become better players, better teammates and
ultimately, better members of the community while learning from NHL
players," said Chris Kiah, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Allstate Canada. "This unique program, through our partnership with the
NHLPA, is just another example of Allstate Canada's commitment to
giving back to the community and investing in the next generation of
Allstate Canada will be an active partner in the Allstate All-Canadians program as the company's more than 600 trusted agents will help to
deliver the program's resources directly to Canada's minor hockey
"This program will provide life lessons for aspiring young players from
a source they can trust," said Dr. Paul Dennis, sport psychologist and Allstate All-Canadians contributor, who formerly served as the Player Development Coach with
the Toronto Maple Leafs. "The new website will give us a means of
teaching all players, coaches and parents the mental skills to cope
with the pressures of the game, perform at their peak and keep their
eye on the bigger picture at the same time - hockey is about fun!"
The "Next Generation" camp will be run by Gary Roberts and current NHL
players from August 3-6, 2011, at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga,
Ontario. The four-day camp will conclude with an exhibition game. This
unprecedented camp for some of the country's most promising young
players will allow them to learn what it takes to succeed directly from
their hockey heroes.
"We are going well beyond on-ice instruction to help these talented
young players in the Allstate All-Canadians program", said Roberts. "I truly believe that if these players focus on
building a strong foundation based on proper training, good nutrition
and respect for the game, it will help them be the best players, and
people, they can be now and into the future. I was well into my career
before I fully appreciated the importance of everything it was going to
take to keep me on the ice performing at an optimum level."
As part of the Allstate All-Canadians, the NHLPA and Allstate Canada are pleased to announce that six NHL
players will serve as Player Ambassadors for the program: Mike
Cammalleri (Richmond Hill, Ontario), Jordan Eberle (Regina,
Saskatchewan), J.S. Giguere, (Montreal, Quebec), Eric Staal (Thunder
Bay, Ontario), John Tavares (Mississauga, Ontario) and Shea Weber
(Sicamous, British Columbia).
For generations, mentorship at the community level is what has kept
Canada's game strong as the knowledge and love of the game gets passed
from generation-to-generation, coach to player and parents to children.
Hockey is an intergenerational Canadian tradition that has been passed
down from our forefathers and one that will in turn be passed on to the
next generation - now with the help of NHL players through Allstate All-Canadians.
About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
The Allstate Insurance Company of Canada has provided solutions that
bring peace of mind to Canadians with our home and auto insurance
products since 1953. Our slogan, You're in Good Hands®, exemplifies the
commitment, knowledge and professionalism of Allstate's trusted
advisors to customers, as well as our dedication to making a difference
in local communities. We have built a legacy of excellence in customer
experience - we help protect customers' and their family's most
valuable assets and develop products that anticipate their needs. If
the unexpected happens, our customers know they have people and
coverage they can count on. As much as we touch the lives of Canadians
through our products and services, we also carry a proud heritage of
community involvement and are firm believers in good corporate
citizenship. Our employees, through volunteer efforts and the Allstate
Foundation, lend a hand to a wide range of not-for-profit and
charitable organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD
Canada), Crime Stoppers, United Way and Junior Achievement.
About the National Hockey League Players' Association
The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), established in
1967, is a labour organization whose members are the players in the
National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players
in varied disciplines such as labour relations, product licensing,
marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in
furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of
hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way
for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the
past 11 years, more than 50,000 deserving children in 23 countries have
benefited from the players' donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals
& Dreams has donated more than $19-million to grassroots hockey
programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more
information on the NHLPA, please visit www.nhlpa.com.
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