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Westgarth shares principles with students in Beijing

Stanley Cup champion tells hockey story, gives life lessons as part of 2017 China Games

by Chris Clark / NHL.com

As part part of the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging, Kevin Westgarth, the League's Vice President of Business Development & International Affairs, visited the Western Academy of Beijing on Tuesday to share his hockey story with the students. Chris Clark, the PR & Digital Communications Specialist at the school, was there. Here is his story:

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Declaration of Principles aims for best 'family hockey experience'

United initiative created to promote character development, life skills

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- When 17 hockey organizations helped craft the Declaration of Principles, they had someone like Philip Bannerman in mind.

Bannerman, 13, is in his ninth year playing for Ice Hockey in Harlem, a youth program in New York. He said the values he's learned through playing hockey have helped him on and off the ice.

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Pope Francis extols Declaration of Principles

NHL, NHLPA initiatives lauded in letter from Vatican

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Hockey values endorsed by Pope

LaFontaine on hockey's endorsement from Pope Francis

Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine reads a letter from Pope Francis, who endorses the game of hockey and the core values it instills in all players

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NEW YORK -- Pope Francis commended the Declaration of Principles, unveiled Wednesday by the NHL and NHL Players' Association.

A letter from the Vatican was read during a press conference in Manhattan to announce the principles, which unites 17 organizations covering all areas of global hockey to advance policies, programs and initiatives, and inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community.

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NHL, NHLPA unveil hockey's Declaration of Principles

Stakeholders pledge to develop, promote, support positive change in sport's culture

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK/ TORONTO - The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) today unveiled hockey's Declaration of Principles - developed by and for hockey stakeholders - to advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community. This joint statement advocates the game of hockey as a powerful platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills that transcend the game. 

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Declaration of Principles Digest

Stories of inclusion, acceptance within hockey from around the league and around the world

NHL.com @NHL

The NHL believes hockey should be an enjoyable family experience, and that it develops character and life skills. 

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My Hockey Life: Pat LaFontaine

As NHL shares Declaration of Principles, Hall of Famer recounts crossroads he faced, people who shaped him

by Pat LaFontaine / Special to NHL.com

Hockey has given me so much, but now it's about giving back. I am part of the development efforts by the NHL and NHLPA to grow the game, and every day I have the honor of speaking with people at all levels of the sport. What excites me most about these conversations is the consistency with which people talk about what they love about the game. They appreciate the speed, skill and artistry the sport demands athletically; but, more often, they talk about the people and values that embody the game. As we share the Declaration of Principles with the global hockey community, I wanted to share what the game has meant to me.

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11-year-old wows NHL executives with presentation

Sixth-grade girl shares ideas on how League can attract young fans

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Sabrina Solomon visited the NHL offices in Manhattan on Aug. 18 for a day of meetings with League officials, among them chief marketing officer Heidi Browning and Commissioner Gary Bettman.

She presented ideas about how the NHL could better appeal to younger fans through several avenues, such as family-friendly ticket packages, kids-themed online trivia contests and a "Welcome to Hockey" educational app.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Jujhar Khaira, family embraced hockey early

Oilers forward is third Indo-Canadian to play in NHL

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers left wing Jujhar Khaira was a Canadian kid who grew up with a love of hockey, on the street and on the ice in Surrey, British Columbia. Thanks to the sacrifices of hard-working parents who went out of their way to foster his devotion to the game, he earned his way to the NHL.

Khaira's heritage is uncommon; the 63rd pick of the 2012 NHL Draft is the third Indo-Canadian to play in the League. Robin Bawa, who played a total of 61 games over four seasons from 1989-1994 and Manny Malhotra, who played 991 games over 16 seasons from 1998-2015 are the other two. The 22-year-old is enthused about the message being highlighted by the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone month. 

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