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Playing with a coach's mentality: catching up with Dean Talafous

by State of Hockey Alumni Association / Wild.com

Dean Talafous has always had a coach's mind.

Growing up in Hastings, Minnesota, he watched older players on outdoor ponds along with the Minnesota North Stars not just out of fandom, but also to learn from them.

He mimicked their every move, teaching himself how to not only become a better player, but how to help his team become better in the process.

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Just a little bit makes a difference: Q&A with Tom Reid

by State of Hockey Alumni Association / Wild.com

A lot has changed in hockey since Tom Reid's playing days back in the 1960'sand 1970's. Even more has changed in the years since he began working with the NHL Alumni and State of Hockey Alumni Association where he held post as the local division's president for 12 years. 

But to Reid, the changes in both are good, as long as there remains a bridge like the State of Hockey Alumni Association to help keep guys connected.

We caught up with Reid to talk past, present and future of each.

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Using hockey as a platform for charity: Q&A with Erik Westrum

by State of Hockey Alumni Association / Wild.com

Erik Westrum's mom gave him a plaque bearing a message that he attempts to live out every day. It reads: God's gift to you is hockey, what's your gift to others?

"I think to be able to use that gift and pass it on to other people, that's really what it's all about," said Westrum, who played parts of three seasons in the NHL during an 11-year professional career. "Hockey is platform for so many possible charitable missions and visions and that's what I want to use as my gift."

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MN NHL Alumni providing a life-saving purpose

Raising funds to equip local arenas with AEDs

by State of Hockey Alumni Association / Wild.com

For those unaware, the purpose of the SOH NHL Alumni is to provide charitable support for deserving organizations to:

  • Foster the growth of hockey for youth, particularly those who are underprivileged.
  • Become involved in community affairs and charitable causes.

We are proud that we exist as a mission-centered organization. As mentioned in prior messages, we've used our funds for many charitable causes over the years. The one we're most proud of is our ongoing automated external defibrillator (AED) program whereby we purchase (at approximately $2,000 per unit) and donate lifesaving defibrillators to youth hockey arenas that can't afford them. Partnering with Advanced First-Aid, Inc., an AED supplier in the Twin Cities, we have now donated approximately 75+ of these valued devices to date!

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