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NHL Green Slapshots

Wild Unveils New 'This Is Our Ice' Tradition

Harkening to team's homegrown hockey legacy, ice at Xcel Energy Center will include water contributed by fans from their favorite hockey ponds, lakes and rinks throughout the season

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild today announced a new tradition: The ice sheet at Xcel Energy Center will include water contributed by fans from their local hockey ponds, lakes and rinks. Starting this season, water collected from around the State of Hockey will be brought to the arena, filtered and frozen into the ice.

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LA Kings Honored for 'Commitment to Sustainable Community'

The LA Kings will be honored for their commitment to a sustainable community by the Green Sports Alliance at the annual Green Sports Celebration on Wednesday

by LA Kings @LAKings /

The Green Sports Alliance will present its annual Environmental Leadership Award and Environmental Innovators of the Year awards, the highlight of its annual Green Sports Celebration, on Wednesday evening in Sacramento.

The LA Kings will be honored for their commitment to a sustainable community.

The awards, now in their sixth year, recognize and celebrate the best in sports and sustainability. In addition, the LA Galaxy will be honored then as well.

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Sharks Foundation Promotes Environmental Awareness in April

$127,000 Was Donated to Help the Cause

by Missy Zielinski @SharksCare / @sharkscare

In April, the Sharks Foundation celebrated its Environmental Awareness initiative, leaving its mark everywhere from the beach to the heart of downtown San Jose. 

To kick-off the campaign, the Foundation partnered with Plantronics and Save Our Shores to host a clean-up at Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz on April 5.

Throughout the afternoon, nearly 50 volunteers collected more than 60 pounds of trash, while recycling five pounds of items collected just off the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. At the conclusion of the clean-up, the Foundation presented Save Our Shores with a check for $5,000 to continue its efforts in protecting and preserving the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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LA Kings Green: Team Launches Sustainable Initiatives

Program aims to bring more awareness to the most critical environmental issues

by LA Kings PR @LAKingsPR /

The LA Kings today announced their latest initiative: LA Kings Green, an umbrella program to encompass the team's sustainable initiatives.

In recognition that environmental issues directly impact hockey, a sport that is often learned atop of frozen ponds, LA Kings Green aims to bring more awareness to the most critical environmental issues and will continue to drive positive impact through arena operations as well as fan and community engagement. The program is proudly supported by Waste Management.

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NHL, Green Sports Alliance making impact

League lauded for efforts to utilize alternative energy sources

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / Staff Writer

On a personal level, Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Justin J. Zeulner has a 12-year-old daughter who as a figure skater spends hours in community facilities. With thousands of people interacting on a sheet of ice on a monthly basis, Zeulner sees first-hand the importance of what the NHL has helped accomplish since becoming a member of the Alliance in June 2011.

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NHL taking water conservation to higher level

Bonneville Environmental Foundation says partnership with League exceeding expectations

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / Staff Writer

Excitement was in the air on June 1, 2011, when the NHL and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) unveiled the NHL Water Restoration Project through NHL Green, the League's sustainability initiative committed to improving hockey's environmental impact. The partnership between the League and BEF, a nonprofit provider of market-based solutions designed to help businesses and organizations balance their carbon and water footprints, made the 2011 Stanley Cup Final the first water-neutral series in its history.

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Mike Richter continues work with NHL Green

Former Rangers goaltender helping to lower energy costs at rinks

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

Former New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter helped push the NHL to promote environmental initiatives seven years ago. It's part of how NHL Green began in 2010. 

Now that the League, which is celebrating its second annual Green Week from March 11-17, is the 26th largest user of green power in the United States and the only sports league to appear on the top 100 list, according the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, Richter is promoting its latest endeavor to bring the message and practices to the community level.

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Andrew Ference excited about new sustainability role

Former defenseman, instrumental in starting NHL Green, helping businesses adapt clean technology strategies

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

When Andrew Ference, the former NHL player, was in Boston recently, it wasn't just for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. It went beyond that, beyond speaking on a panel entitled, "Green is Good: The Role of Sustainability in Sports," because Ference's mission is beyond talking about sustainability. It's about action.

That action started much earlier, more than a decade ago when Ference started small, in his own house, recycling and composting. It got bigger when he began to apply it to his job, to the NHL, helping in 2007 to create a carbon neutral practice that counterbalanced the emissions of his teammates and League-mates in their travel. It moved to the NHL and Green Week, and from there the idea is for it to spread further, to partners and fans, casual viewers and rabid consumers, with Ference and others as influencers.

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NHL Greener Rinks initiative kicks off Green Week

Fans encouraged to learn about environmentally-friendly energy alternatives

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- In support of NHL Greener Rinks, a League-wide initiative that measures and evaluates the environmental impact of community rinks across North America, the NHL today launched as a focal point of its NHL Green™ Week activities.

NHL arenas today use more environmentally-friendly energy sources than ever, including solar power, fuel cell technology, deep-lake water cooling, and geothermal technologies. Clubs also are installing cutting-edge LED game light technology to reduce glare and dramatically cut energy usage. Beginning today, arena operators and fans can visit to learn more about how similar environmentally-friendly energy alternatives can be put to use in their communities.

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Teams promoting environment initiatives in Green Week

Capitals auctioning jerseys to fund river restoration; Rangers running hockey equipment drive @NHL

The NHL's second annual Green Week is here, and teams are doing their part to promote environmentally conscious initiatives.

The Washington Capitals will auction player-worn green jerseys from their warmup before their game against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. All proceeds will go to the Bladensburg, Maryland-based Anacostia Watershed Society, which seeks to protect and restore the Anacostia River, an eight-mile body of water that runs from Washington D.C. through southwestern Maryland.

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