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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 11:15 AM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Blackhawks "Green Game" promotes wind energy

On Monday, fans of the Chicago Blackhawks cheered as the team skated passed the Nashville Predators in a gritty 3-2 shootout win during the Blackhawks’ annual environmentally-friendly “Go-Green” game.

Constellation, the official energy provider for United Center and sponsor of the team’s green games, purchased Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the electricity use on game day. RECs represent the environmental benefit of electricity generated by wind and therefore avoid emissions associated with fossil fueled generation.

The RECs for the Blackhawks game are expected to avoid 63 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, roughly the equivalent of burning 146 barrels of oil.

Read on, and learn how you can switch to 100 percent renewable energy for your home.

Posted On Friday, 03.22.2013 / 3:25 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

NHL Celebrates Earth Hour Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Saturday, March 23) at 8:30 PM, the National Hockey League and its 30 Clubs and associated venues will join hundreds of millions of homes and businesses worldwide, turning off non-essential lighting for one hour.

For the second consecutive year, the NHL has pledged its participation and support of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour. This year, Earth Hour will unite millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories for one hour in a global effort to cut back on energy consumption and show unified concern for the environment.

Read on, and find out how NHL Clubs are doing their part - and easy ways you can participate.

Posted On Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 5:00 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Sabres Shred-It

The Buffalo Sabres are offering fans an opportunity to win twice -- dispose waste in a sustainable manner and get a discount on great Sabres merchandise for doing so.

This Saturday, the Buffalo Sabres are teaming up with First Niagara Bank to host a free “Shredding Day”.

Read on and find out more.
Posted On Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 9:40 AM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Going Green at the Joe

The Red Wings face off against the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday March 20th for DTE Energy’s third annual 'Going Green Night'.

The Red Wings and DTE Energy have collaborated on several projects, including Light the Lamp, where goal lamps and scoreboard lights at Joe Louis Arena were replaced with state-of-the-art LEDs that use less power and have a longer lifespan then the average incandescent light bulb.

As part of the theme night, DTE Energy and the Red Wings will be giving away “Going Green” coolers and will be displaying “Going Green” facts throughout the game on the JLA scoreboard. The Joe will also welcome the 400 fans who won tickets to the game by entering an energy efficiency contest hosted by DTE.

Read on, and take part in DTE Energy Going Green Night at Joe Louis arena on March 20.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 1:07 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Hat Tricks for Trees Hits 1,000

In January, NHL Green announced the launch of Hat Tricks for Trees™, an initiative assisting The Nature Conservancy’s effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The National Hockey League Foundation is donating 50 trees for every hat trick scored throughout the 2012-13 regular season and NHL Playoffs.

To date, the League has now pledged to plant 1,000 trees as part of the initiative.

By the numbers: Only one player, Chris Kunitz, has recorded more than one hat trick at this point in the season. As a team, the Anaheim Ducks (Cogliano, Palmieri, Bonino), Philadelphia Flyers (Read, Voracek) and Calgary Flames (Glencross, Cammalleri) have had multiple players contribute hat tricks. Only one team (Anaheim Ducks) have lost this season when one of their players tallied three goals in a game (Cogliano, March 2). Of the twenty hat tricks recorded thus far, seven have been career-firsts (Voracek, Kopecky, Palmieri, Read, Bonino, Kadri and Sobotka).

Read on, and take a look back at the players who notched hat tricks 11 through 20 this season, contributing 500 trees to the League’s total pledge.

Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 3:45 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

NRDC honors "Game Changers"

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is set to honor leaders in professional sports for their environmental efforts at the organization’s Game Changer Awards Gala on Thursday, March 14th in New York.

The event will be co-chaired by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, along with the Commissioners of the MLB, NBA, and MLS.

The NRDC provides fundamental support to the NHL in the League's ever-expanding commitment to ecological responsibility. Through the NRDC’s environmental initiatives and collaborations across all professional sports, the industry has avoided emitting millions of pounds of greenhouse gasses and conserved millions of gallons of water, all while saving millions of dollars and invaluable natural resources.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 11:50 AM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Devils looking for “Energy Heroes”

The New Jersey Devils have renewed a sponsorship agreement with Pfister Energy Inc., a national renewable energy company known for its “stackable” green energy solutions. Together, they have launched a new promotion called “Become an Energy Hero,” encouraging New Jerseyans to promote clean and renewable energy in the workplace.

“Energy Heroes” who successfully bring a sustainability project to fruition (based on campaign requirements) will be eligible to receive up to one full year of reimbursement for their personal household electrical bills. 

Jeff Vanderbeek, chairman, Devils Arena Entertainment, said, “We are thrilled to once again partner with this local and mindful company. We support Pfister’s commitment to sustainability education and innovation as well as their involvement in the local community. That’s a message we want to bring to our fans – and beyond.”

The “Become an Energy Hero” campaign will culminate on April 13, 2013. New Jersey fans can participate in the initiative by visiting http://pfisterenergy.com/hero/.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 12:13 AM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

10 Hat Tricks Scored, 500 Trees Pledged

In January, NHL Green announced the launch of Hat Tricks for Trees™, an initiative assisting The Nature Conservancy’s effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The National Hockey League Foundation is donating 50 trees for every hat trick scored throughout the 2012-13 regular season and NHL Playoffs.

On February 16, John Tavares tallied his fourth career hat trick, the tenth hat trick scored in the NHL this season. To date, the League has now pledged to plant 500 trees as part of the initiative.

Let’s take a look back at the players who notched the first ten hat tricks this season:

Thomas Vanek (Buffalo Sabres) - Vanek began the NHL season on a torrid pace and is currently the League-leader with 25 points in 15 games played. On Thursday, January 31st, Vanek recorded his second five-point game when he had a hat trick and added a pair of assists, in a 7-4 Sabres win in Boston.

Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings) - Detroit's new captain owns a five-point game this season as well -- he had a hat trick and two assists in the Red Wings' 5-3 victory against St. Louis in early February. On a team in transition, Zetterberg has raised his game.

Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins) – Penguin’s Chris Kunitz broke from a scoring drought in early February when he clinched the third hat trick in his career and a 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. “You know what to expect,” said Captain Sidney Crosby of Kunitz. “(Kunitz) works hard, gets to a lot of loose pucks and creates a lot of pressure on other teams. Nobody likes to deal with him in front of the net.”

Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes) - Staal and teammate Jeff Skinner scored 9 seconds apart during a four-goal second period for the Hurricanes, a game which they went on to win 6-3 over the Sabres. Staal restored Carolina's two-goal lead in the third period by firing the puck past Jhonas Enroth. He polished off his 13th career hat trick with an empty-netter with 1:28 left in the contest.

Marian Gaborik (New York Rangers) - Gaborik, who moved to the left wing this season to accommodate new teammate Rick Nash, is a pure goal scorer with hands that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said are some of the best in the League around the goal crease. He put them on display twice against the Bruins in late January, finessing the puck into the net for three important goals. Gaborik finished off a hat trick with a breakaway goal 26 seconds into overtime to give the Rangers their first win of the season.

Matt Read (Philadelphia Flyers) - Matt Read notched his first career hat trick in late January — and he thought it came pretty easily. Read helped his Philadelphia Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 7-1. "It's pretty special getting your first hat trick," Read said. "I'm the beneficiary of playing with two good guys (Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds). It's pretty easy when you're playing with two good players. Just be at the right spot at the right time -- and just do the little things right -- and good things are going to happen."

Nick Bonino (Anaheim Ducks) - Bonino scored two goals in the first six minutes of an early February game to chase Jonathan Quick from the net, before completing his first career hat trick against Jonathan Bernier. Bonino scored his third goal on a power play with 11:21 left in the game. The Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings in the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.

Steve Sullivan (Phoenix Coyotes) - Steve Sullivan scored three goals, his eighth career hat trick, when the Phoenix Coyotes skated passed the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 5-1 for their first win of the season. Sullivan put the game out of reach near the midpoint of the third period, squeezing a shot between goalie Steve Mason's pads on a redirect off a pass by Derek Morris. It was his first hat trick since Dec. 14, 2009.

Michael Cammalleri (Calgary Flames) - Still seeking his first goal of the season, Michael Cammalleri felt he was rounding into form before suffering a slightly torn hip flexor that forced him out of the Calgary Flames' lineup for three games. He didn't hesitate to make up for lost time. Coming back off the injury, Cammalleri had a hat trick – including the 200th goal of his career – as part of a four-point night as the Flames earned a 7-4 victory against the Dallas Stars on February 13.

John Tavares (New York Islanders)John Tavares recorded his fourth career hat trick, and assisted on another goal, to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on February 16. Tavares, the first player taken in the 2009 NHL Draft, is doing everything he possibly can to get the New York Islanders into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Continue to follow the NHL Green Slapshots blog, and NHL (@NHL) on Twitter (#NHLGreen), as we track hat tricks throughout the season.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 3:23 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

In Buffalo, blue and gold make green

The Buffalo Sabres, through the Blue & Gold Make Green Initiative, are dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment of Western New York and Southern Ontario.

The organization is committed to developing initiatives and educational opportunities in the community, throughout the season, to help reduce the Sabres environmental footprint. The Blue & Gold Make Green Initiative encourages members of the Sabres front office, as well as players and fans, to actively participate in making the community a cleaner, safer and healthier place.

In 2006, a volunteer organization called Re-Tree WNY was established to re-forest every public area destroyed by the devastating October storm. Still in pursuit of this goal in 2012, the Sabres joined the campaign to raise funds for the purchase of trees to be planted along the city’s streets and parks.

The Sabres, in partnership with Re-Tree Western New York, have helped raise over $500,000 to reforest Buffalo and surrounding communities. These trees help to conserve and reduce energy use, reducing local carbon dioxide levels, improving air quality and mitigating storm water runoff. Re-Tree WNY has planted a total of nearly 25,000 of their 30,000 tree goal.

The partnership was a natural fit for the organization, who each season hosts a spring clean-up event along Buffalo’s waterfront, removing trash, litter and heavy debris from Western New York shorelines, waterfront parks and wetlands.

For more news and information on the Blue & Gold Make Green Initiative, visit the Sabres Green Team page and sign-up now to join the team.

Posted On Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 10:35 AM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

NHL Green launches Hat Tricks for Trees™

NHL Green today announces the launch of Hat Tricks for Trees™, an initiative assisting The Nature Conservancy’s effort to save Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The National Hockey League Foundation, through NHL Green’s Hat Tricks for Trees™, will donate 50 trees for every hat trick scored throughout the 2012-13 regular season and NHL Playoffs.

The initiative grew out of a recent online exchange between Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference and the Bruin’s community blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. Initially, the blog pledged to donate 50 trees for every goal scored by Ference this season. The Boston blueliner then delivered his own pledge, a commitment to plant 50 trees for every goal scored by teammate Tyler Seguin.

All contributions will support TNC’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign, a major restoration initiative launched by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2008 to restore Brazil's Atlantic Forest. The campaign aims to restore one million acres of land by helping plant one billion trees by 2015. The effort has the potential to remove four million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.

According to TNC, “tropical forests are the lungs of the Earth, storing enormous amounts of carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen in a never-ending cycle of life. The Atlantic Forest – one of the biggest tropical forests in the world – helps stabilize the global climate and fight global warming.” Warming temperatures threaten the existence of the frozen pond where, over the years, many men and women of all skill levels learned to play hockey. The League is committed to preserving the conditions that fostered the game and protecting this rich tradition for the next generation.

In line with this mission, the NHL actively pursues more environmentally responsible measures of forest-product sourcing, is developing more robust post-consumer recycling practices, is promoting responsible forest management and is providing funds to aid in forest restoration.

At home, in 2012, NHL Green introduced a legacy tree project in Pittsburgh for the NHL Draft. In cooperation with the Pittsburgh Penguins and local non-profit Tree Pittsburgh, the League planted mature trees up the block from the CONSOL Energy Center, along the perimeter of the Hill House Association, an institution providing an array of health, welfare, recreation and other community programs. The tree-lined streets, parks and hillsides of Pittsburgh are not only a point of community pride, but they also offer substantial benefits to residents -- helping to conserve and reduce energy use, reducing local carbon dioxide levels, improving air quality and mitigating storm water runoff.

Through NHL Green’s Hat Tricks for Trees™, the League will continue to support initiatives – both local and global – that aim to restore both urban and tropical forests.

Throughout the season, we encourage fans to follow us on twitter to receive notifications of when hat tricks are scored. Fans can contribute to the initiative by visiting the NHL Green microsite on nature.org and making a donation.

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