On this World Water Day we ask our fans to join us in conserving water.
Water flows as a life source for hockey, starting with the frozen ponds and lakes where players learn the game, to the ice making and resurfacing processes of arenas and local community rinks. Hockey as we know it wouldn’t exist without the freshwater resources where players learn the game. Life as we know it wouldn’t exist without the freshwater that serves as our drinking water, provides habitat for fish and wildlife and is crucial for agriculture and economic development.
Read on to find out how we're addressing our water footprint.
Three winters ago, geographers at Wilfrid Laurier University launched a project called RinkWatch with a simple plan: ask people who have a rink to pin its location on a website’s interactive map, and report the skating conditions throughout the winter. So far, reports have come in from over 1,500 rinks from across North America (and a few from Scandinavia, too). The scientists pool this data and use a geospatial and numerical modelling techniques to work out what rinks are telling us about the weather.
Why do this? Because scientists warn that winters are becoming shorter and milder, and that the backyard rink may soon become an endangered species. The team is monitoring the health of outdoor rinks, tracking their numbers and conditions, and learning how changes in the environment are affecting them.
Read on to learn more about RinkWatch and how you can help preserve the great tradition of outdoor hockey.
On January 1, the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals take the game outdoors, on a rink constructed above the infield at Nationals Park. The ballpark plays host to the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVA).
The NHL is committed to preserving the tradition of outdoor hockey. Our sport was born on frozen ponds and relies on winter weather.
The Winter Classic is a celebration of hockey’s roots. The site selected for the 2015 Winter Classic, has been recognized as a leader in sustainable design.
Read on to discover the greener side of D.C.'s Nationals Park.
The New Jersey Devils and PwC US have teamed up with the New Jersey Tree Foundation and Essex County to plant new trees as part of their “Pucks for Parks” initiative.
Through “Puck for Parks,” the Devils and PwC are working together to enrich New Jersey communities by helping sustain the environment and provide green space for generations. The multi-year program was created in 2013, with a commitment by the Devils and PwC, including the help of Devils staff, PwC partners and staff, and community volunteers, to plant at least two mature trees in a New Jersey park or green space for every Devils win during the 2013-14 regular season. Depending on the environmental needs of each location, additional trees and vegetation of various sizes will also be rooted, including along coastal and river areas to help prevent erosion.
Sabres Fans -- now is your chance to help make your community a better and brighter area to live in!
On May 3, join the efforts of the Buffalo Sabres Green Team and others as they clean up the South Buffalo BOA community. The meeting place is 266 Hopkins Street. Check-in is at 9 am with clean-up continuing 9:30-11:30 am. Lunch will be provided at the completion of the event. Modern Disposal and Buffalo Recycling and WNY Maritime Charter School will also be coordinating this effort.
The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks are familiar playoff foes. The clubs met last season in the Western Conference Semifinals, with the Kings advancing in seven hard fought games. They meet earlier this year, in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
While the strong play of the two California rivals will be on center stage tonight, the equally strong commitments of both clubs to a more sustainable business and lifestyle will be on display all month long.
Continue reading to find out how the Sharks and Kings are defending the planet.
Within the past few years, champions of the environment have emerged in the hockey world at all levels of the game. The mission and message of the League’s environmental platform is echoing throughout youth, college, junior and professional leagues and teams in communities large and small across the continent. The NHL is proud to inspire this sustainability movement and is pleased to profile those who are making a difference in their community.
For a second straight season, the Bulldogs have partnered with Alberni Clayoquot Regional District to promote the 3R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) in local elementary schools.
“The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been inspired in part by the NHL Green program,” said Adam Hayduk, the Assistant Coach/Assistant General Manager of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in an e-mail to the League last week.
The hockey club, which plays out of Alberni Valley Multiplex - Weyerhaeuser Arena on Vancouver Island, B.C., is a member of the British Columbia Hockey League. Several Bulldogs alumni currently play NCAA Division 1 hockey, while two alumni have recently made it to NHL rosters: Harry Zolnierczyk (Pittsburgh Penguins) and David Dziurzynski (Ottawa Senators).
This season, the Bulldogs helped introduce the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge. Thirteen players were trained on recycling techniques, and were sent into classrooms to demonstrate how students can make a difference by reducing the amount of waste generated from their school lunches.
“As players, we understand the importance of being role models for the community and for younger kids,” said Bulldogs second-year defenseman Kurt Gosselin. “We like to get involved as much as we can to make a difference in the community that has given us so much.”
Every day school lunches are a major source of waste in British Columbia – the average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms of waste per school per year, or an average of 8,500 kilograms of waste per school per year.
“It is our goal once again to reach out to 25 different elementary and middle school classrooms,” said Hayduk. “There are so many great local initiatives already in play to reduce, reuse, and recycle. However, the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge will give students an opportunity every week to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our local landfill. It’s a great way to make a positive impact.”
Andy Daniel, the Regional District's Manager of Environmental Services, believes the Bulldogs bring to the program many great qualities. “They are exceptional speakers and are seen as leaders by youth within the community. The Bulldogs players and organization are genuinely interested in the environment and making a difference within the community.”
NHL Green is proud of the steps the Bulldogs are taking and applaud them as green leaders in the hockey community. We invite hockey clubs of any and all levels to share their environmental pursuits, challenges and success stories with us. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Jose Sharks and SAP Center at San Jose are teaming up with Sims Recycling Solutions to encourage the community and Sharks hockey fans to recycle their old electronics. If you are headed to Saturday’s game against the Canadiens, or happen to be in the San Jose area, take advantage of the opportunity to safely and securely dispose of your electronics in an environmentally responsible manner!
Everyone who drops off a recyclable item will be able to watch the team's pre-game morning skate and will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win exclusive autographed Shark's merchandise and memorabilia.
WHEN: Saturday, March 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: The SAP Center at San Jose in the main parking lot (Lot ABC) located at 525 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA.
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: Batteries, Smoke Detectors, Ammunition Scrap, Paint and Aerosol cans.
This e-waste collection event will be set up as a drive-through and drop-off event. Staff will be on hand to conveniently and quickly collect items from community members' vehicles.
Sims Recycling Solutions guarantees that your data is secure and your electronic equipment is processed in the most environmentally responsible manner. For those who plan to recycle a monitor or television, please print and complete the collection log found at the us.simsrecycling.com/sharks website to ensure faster processing.
While Los Angeles Kings fans surely would like to see their players’ sticks remain intact with each shot of the puck, they can rest assured that even broken sticks will contribute to a good cause.
This season, the Kings are repurposing their broken hockey sticks, keeping the composite material out of landfills. Not only does the effort support a healthier environment, but the unique partnership helps raise funds for Kings Care Foundation, which provides aid and support to the local community.
The Kings partnered with Hat Trick BBQ, an LA-based company started by a couple of hockey dads with a bunch of broken sticks and a good idea. Hat Trick BBQ has developed a business manufacturing broken sticks into grilling tools and utensils. Since their humble beginnings, the company has repurposed over 8,000 hockey sticks, including the sticks of some NHL stars.
On average, the Kings break about 1,000 sticks each season. The Club collects these sticks- used and broken during game action by Kopitar, Brown, Carter (who is a consistent contributor to the broken stick collection) along with other teammate - and sends them to be repurposed into one-of-a-kind grilling utensil sets, that are then auctioned off by the Kings. All auction proceeds support the great work of the Kings Care Foundation.
The red-hot Anaheim Ducks have suffered only one loss at home in the Honda Center during their 2013-14 campaign. The Club has cruised to a 37-10-5 record to date, and will play host tonight to the rival Los Angeles Kings in this season’s second edition of the Freeway Faceoff. The two teams are set to meet again this Saturday (January 25) at Dodger Stadium to launch the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.
Consistency has been a major hallmark of the Ducks home success. Now, the Club’s home- the Honda Center- is reflecting the incredible performance of its players by utilizing cleaner, more efficient and more dependable electricity.
In December, the Ducks unveiled the deployment of solid oxide fuel cell technology in partnership with Bloom Energy.
“This is exciting because it is incredible technology, very sophisticated and high-tech—which is why I love it,” said Henry Samueli, owner of the Anaheim Ducks and Anaheim Arena Management. “But, ultimately, it is extremely green.”
The 750 kilowatt project now generates 80% of the arena’s base load power and 25% during a Ducks game. The power is generated by multiple fuel sources, including natural gas and renewable fuels such as biogas, and will account for 51% of the total power required annually for the arena.
On average, the arena expects the project to offset 2 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually.
The Honda Center is the second NHL arena to deploy such technology, following the Sharks’ SAP Center at San Jose.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday