“From humble beginnings come great things.” - Unknown author
Whether it is through the NHL Alumni Association, or as is in this case, their team alumni associations, hockey players are always there to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever someone is in need. Having already successfully taken place in three other Canadian cities last Fall, the annual Hockey Helps the Homeless tournaments are about to arrive in Ottawa (March 1st, 2013) and Montreal (March 22nd, 2013).
As governments make drastic cutbacks to social spending, the economy continues to experience drastic highs and lows, and we begin to address the need for a better understanding of mental health issues, the Hockey Helps the Homeless fundraising efforts take on a greater importance with each passing year. In recent interviews, Hockey Helps the Homeless founder Gary Scullion, Ottawa Senators Alumni member Laurie Boschman and Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni member Dave Reid explained their passion for this cause.
From its humble beginnings in Toronto in 1996, when a group of colleagues led by Gary Scullion created an opportunity to give back to their community, the Hockey Helps the Homeless program has expanded to include tournaments in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa; contributing much-needed local funding for frontline and reintegration programs in those cities.
Read my NHL Alumni interview with Hockey Helps the Homeless founder Gary Scullion, Sens Alumni Laurie Boschman and Leafs Alumni member Dave Reid.