Dedicated to Inspire and Engage the Next Generation of Players and Fans

Established in 2013 as a part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) and supported by the NHL’s 32 Clubs, the IGF was created to support and accelerate the development of NHL and Club business initiatives and projects that promote long-term fan development and increase participation at all levels of hockey with an emphasis on youth. A committee of three NHLPA representatives and four NHL owners oversees the IGF and focuses on building hockey awareness and avidity both in local Club markets and on a national level (in the United States and Canada) by subsidizing League-wide programs and local Club initiatives, reaching diverse audiences and offering unique hockey opportunities for players and fans.

Over its first decade, the IGF has dedicated more than $180 million to develop programming, create initiatives, host events and provide education that drives awareness and brings hockey to communities across North America.

Rob Knesaurek

NHL Senior Vice President, Youth Development and Industry Growth

“It has been incredible to witness the Industry Growth Fund’s impact in grassroots and youth programming since its launch in 2013. More important, the IGF’ssuccess over the 10 years of its existence demonstrates how strategic investments allow for more opportunities to make our game more accessible to a diverse audience. Together with our Clubs and our partners at the NHLPA, we remain focused on exploring new opportunities globally to continue the momentum created in the past decade.”

Chris Campoli

NHLPA Divisional Player Representative

“The Players have been passionate proponents of the Industry Growth Fund since it was established with the NHL, and it is gratifying to see the many successes IGF has supported in the last 10 years. As a leader in the youth hockey and community space, IGF programming seeks to create and develop new hockey fans, while continuing to build and manage relationships focused on growing the game on the global stage.”