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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 11:06 AM

By Andrea Rutt -  Special to NHL Green /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Rock and Wrap It Up Thrives at Rexall Place

Freezer space at Edmonton’s Food Bank became a little more limited last Wednesday as over 1,200 pounds of prepared hamburgers, sausages, pastas and chicken were donated through Rock and Wrap It Up. The program, in partnership with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF), Northlands and Dominion Sports Service (DSS), assists in the fight against hunger by donating prepared, but unserved food from Oilers, Oil Kings games, and other events at Rexall Place.

From this donation alone, Edmonton’s Food Bank will be able to provide over 950 meals for its agencies – an opportunity local non-profit groups jump at to ensure their clients are fed.

“The food that we received today is great quality food; it’s diverse food that we don’t usually see coming to the Food Bank and we’re going to be turning that over to some soup kitchens who will be serving it to people who will be very thankful for those gifts,” said Marjorie Bencz, Executive Director of Edmonton’s Food Bank.

DSS’s food preparation team is quick to flash freeze and label any remaining food after events at Rexall Place to ensure it meets health codes. Food donations have ranged anywhere from chicken and steak to pizza and chili, and provide a hearty meal for those in need.

“This particular program has meant that donors have had to make a big commitment to its success,” said Bencz. “They’ve made sure that the food is put in food-safe containers, it’s flash frozen, brought to the Food Bank and that it’s safe throughout the whole process.”

With the addition of Wednesday’s drop-off, a total of 5,747 pounds of food have been donated so far this season, creating 4,416 meals for Edmonton’s less fortunate. And it isn’t over yet. With an Oil Kings playoff run right around the corner and a slew of summer concerts on the horizon, donations are sure to grow in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank.

“The Oilers Foundation is incredibly proud to share in the success of Rock and Wrap It Up,” said Natalie Minckler, Executive Director of the EOCF. “To think that all this food could have gone to waste rather than benefit other people, it’s clear this program is win-win for everyone involved.”

Since its inception in 2010, a total of 21,938 pounds of food have been donated, providing 16,930 meals to Edmonton’s Food Bank. To learn more about Edmonton’s Food Bank and how you can help in the fight against hunger, please visit edmontonsfoodbank.com.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 10:00 AM

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

Alberni Valley Bulldogs a green leader in B.C.

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.

As a prime example, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca) hockey club is proving to be a green leader by endorsing and educating their young fans on ecologically sustainable practices.

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 nhlgreen@nhl.com.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 11:30 AM

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

Sharks Call on Fans to Attack E-waste

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 ACCEPTED: Computers, Smartphones, Laptops, Monitors, Printers, PDAs, Cell phones, Tablets, Telephones, Televisions, Radios, Stereos, Speakers, Keyboards, CD players, DVD players, VCRs, MP3 players, Computer Mice

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.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.27.2014 / 3:00 PM

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

Kings’ sticks are heating up

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.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 4:30 PM

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

Ducks display their power, both on and off the ice

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.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 11:08 AM

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

Sharks to host electronics recycling event

The San Jose Sharks and SAP Center at San Jose are teaming up with Sims Recycling Solutions, a global leader in electronics reuse and recycling, to encourage the community and Sharks hockey fans to recycle their old electronics.

When: This Saturday, January 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: SAP Center at San Jose in the main parking lot (Lot ABC) located at 525 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, Calif.

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.

This e-waste collection event will be set up in drive-through and drop-off style. Staff will be on hand to conveniently and quickly collect items from community members' vehicles. 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.

Sims Recycling Solutions will accept computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, PDAs, cell phones, telephones, televisions, radios, stereos, speakers, MP3 players, CD and DVD players, and VCRs. Sims is unable to accept batteries, smoke detectors, and large appliances. Sims Recycling Solutions has the global reach, expertise and infrastructure necessary to guarantee that your data is secure and your electronic equipment is processed in the most environmentally responsible manner.

Click here for more information on the upcoming event.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 10:14 AM

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

Donate gear, meet NYR's Step & Mac!

This Thursday, January 9 meet New York Rangers Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh from 4-6 PM at the Chase branch located at 1350 Boston Post Road in Larchmont, NY. Donate your used hockey equipment and you could win VIP tickets or exclusive hockey experiences.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.30.2013 / 10:10 AM

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

Recycle your phone with the Sabres Green Team

The Buffalo Sabres Green Team has again teamed up with the non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers organization to provide troops serving in the United States military with cost-free methods of communication with their loved ones.

The collection drive welcomes donations of gently used mobile phones during the following home games at First Niagara Center:

Sunday, Dec. 29 vs. Washington

Saturday, Jan. 4 vs. New Jersey

Tuesday, Jan. 7 vs. Carolina

Thursday, Jan. 9 vs. Florida

In addition, donations can be made at any time during the promotion at Account Services, whose normal hours of operation at First Niagara Center are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Donated cell phones will be sent to Michigan-based ReCellular for recycling. For every donated phone, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time for deployed troops.

The Buffalo Sabres are dedicated to the sustainability of the environment in Western New York and Southern Ontario through the “Blue & Gold Make Green Initiative”. The organization is committed to creating programming to help our fans reduce their environmental footprint and at the same time, educate Sabres fans on conservation issues, teaching fans how to be greener, and directing them to additional resources where they can learn more about environmental issues.

The Green Program is presented by National Fuel’s Conservation Incentive Program, and proudly supported by the Sabres' Green Partner, Modern Recycling.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 10:32 AM

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

Sustainability upgrades come to Detroit's Clark Park


The NHL and the Detroit Red Wings Foundation on Monday unveiled extensive renovations and upgrades to Detroit's Clark Park Coalition recreation center as part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Legacy Initiative.

With additional support from DTE Energy, Johnson Controls and York, the donation of resources and materials to Clark Park's outdoor rink was funded and spearheaded by the League and the Red Wings Foundation. The enhancements made to the Clark Park rink, the only regulation-size outdoor rink in the metropolitan Detroit area, included the donation of a Zamboni ice resurfacing machine to replace the facility's current 35-year-old machine. Other improvements include lighting upgrades at the rink and parking lot, an upgraded rink refrigeration system, snow removal equipment for its ice hockey and skating programs, a new ice surface and rink boards, new bicycle racks provided by Disenos Ornamental Iron and facelifts to its recycling program provided by CleanRiver and NHL Green.

"These donations build upon a decade of meaningful partnership and investment by the NHL and Detroit Red Wings into the lives of youth in Southwest Detroit," Clark Park Coalition president Steve Tobocman said. "This current investment really paves the way to ensure that hockey can continue to be a critical component of our efforts to reach and develop kids living in poverty in this diverse Detroit community for years to come."

The Clark Park Coalition provides year-round sports programming for more than 1,200 boys and girls. It has been a member of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative for more than 10 years, providing support and programming opportunities for children of diverse backgrounds to play hockey.

"We've seen how successful Hockey is for Everyone has been in this community and how important Clark Park is to this area," NHL Chief Marketing Officer Brian Jennings said. "We are proud to announce the beneficiary of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic legacy initiative is Clark Park Coalition."

The Detroit Red Wings Foundation is an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, which provides funding for community initiatives that promote the growth of hockey.

"The Red Wings Foundation is thrilled to be a part of a meaningful initiative like this that gives youth in our community a great place to play hockey, stay healthy and active, and build values like teamwork, respect and integrity," Ilitch Charities chairman and Ilitch Holdings president and CEO Christopher Ilitch said. "It's particularly special to us because Clark Park is just a couple of miles from the Wings' home ice and our players and coaching staff enjoy visiting and engaging with youth hockey players here."

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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 3:05 PM

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

Honda Accord named Green Car of the Year

Honda, the official U.S. vehicle of the NHL, is a leader in the development of cutting-edge technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Today, the Honda Accord was named Green Car of the Year in an award ceremony at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Accord win marks the second time in three years Honda captured the annual award.

According to Paul A. Eisenstein of NBC NEWS:

The 2014 Honda Accord was named “Green Car of the Year” at the L.A. Auto Show on Thursday morning, with jurors — who include "Tonight Show" host and car fanatic Jay Leno — hailing the sedan for bringing an assortment of environmentally friendly technologies into the mainstream.

The Accord, which Honda bills as the model with the highest retail sales volume in the U.S., is currently offered with a variety of different powertrain options, including a new 50 mpg hybrid and a plug-in hybrid with a 115 MPGe (miles per gallon gasoline equivalent) rating.

The award “says we’re moving in the right direction,” said Mike Accavitti, American Honda Motors’ marketing chief, as he stood by an Accord Hybrid. Equally important, he said the award will win recognition for Honda’s expanded green car effort, which includes an assortment of new gas-electric drive systems such as the two-motor hybrid in the Accord. “This will help us sell more cars.”

The Green Car of the Year program was established by the Green Car Journal to both honor the best in clean, fuel-efficient technology and also gain more widespread awareness among consumers, organizers said.

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