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NHL, bipartisan Congressional Hockey Caucus hosting Hockey Day on Hill

Future Goals program, how game supports STEM will be discussed @NHLdotcom

WASHINGTON -- The National Hockey League (NHL) and the bipartisan Congressional Hockey Caucus announced that they will host a Congressional Briefing to discuss how hockey supports increased interest in and access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning that fuels career exploration among 5-8th grade students.

Frank Thorp V of NBC News will moderate a discussion examining the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and NHL's Future Goals program, which has worked to up-skill over 2 million students since 2014 across the United States, 42 percent of whom were in a school where many students qualified for the free and reduced lunch program last year.

The briefing will provide an opportunity for Members and Congressional staff to learn the value that hockey brings to youth, families and communities. As the NHL and NHLPA strive to leverage hockey as a catalyst to build healthy and vibrant communities, the Future Goals program reinforces the presence of STEM in the real world and the game of hockey, encouraging students to continue exploration of these careers for their future.

Following the Congressional Briefing there will be an interactive Future Goals demonstration and open house in the Rayburn Foyer with 2018 US Olympic Gold Medalist Haley Skarupa, NHL legends and mascots (Gritty, NJ Devil, and Slapshot). Programming will begin at 11:30am.

WHAT: 2019 Hockey Day on the Hill and Future Goals Demonstration

WHO: Frank Thorp V, NBC News

Tom Davidson, Co-Founder & CEO, EVERFI

Kim Davis, Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth & Legislative Affairs, NHL

Mathieu Schneider, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, NHLPA

Kathy Moore, Future Goals Teacher from Thornburg Middle School

Haley Skarupa, 2018 US Olympic Gold Medalist     

WHEN: Wednesday, February 6. 10:00am EST

WHERE: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building

45 Independence Ave SW

Washington, DC 20515

MEDIA: For more information and to RSVP, please contact Caleb Randall-Bodman at  


About the National Hockey League (NHL):

The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, consists of 31 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League's international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters, vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports - the Stanley Cup®. Every year, the NHL entertains more than 670 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio; more than 151 million followers - league, team and player accounts combined - across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube; and more than 100 million fans online at The League broadcasts games in more than 160 countries and territories through its rightsholders including NBC/NBCSN and the NHL Network in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, Viasat in the Nordic Region and CCTV and Tencent in China. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. Fans are engaged across the League's digital assets on mobile devices via the free NHL® App; across nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio; and on, available in eight languages and featuring unprecedented access to player and team statistics as well as every regular-season and playoff game box score dating back to the League's inception, powered by SAP. The NHL is committed to building healthy and vibrant communities through the sport of hockey by increasing youth participation and engagement; fostering positive family experiences; promoting inclusion, positive culture and leadership; and supporting sustainable community impact.


About the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA):

The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labour organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labour relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the past 19 years, more than 80,000 deserving children in 34 countries have benefited from the players' donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals & Dreams has donated more than $24 million to grassroots hockey programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit



EVERFI is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all age education for the real world through innovative and scalable digital learning. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 19 million learners in critical skill areas. Some of America's leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, The Rise Fund, Advance Publications, Rethink Education, and Rethink Impact. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 4,300 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada. EVERFI was recognized by The Washington Post as one of the Best Places to Work in 2018. To learn more about EVERFI visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn @EVERFI.


About the Congressional Hockey Caucus:

The Congressional Hockey Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress dedicated to advocating for the growth and expansion of all forms of hockey in America, including ice hockey, ball hockey and street hockey. The Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Rep. Tom Emmer (R- MN), Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), recognizes the profound effect that all forms of hockey has on building healthy and vibrant communities and families in our country through the sport.

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