National Hockey League Players’ Association

Communities mobilized

Beginning with the 2017-18 hockey season, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) launched a three-year partnership with Kids Help Phone to show up for youth by raising awareness about youth mental health in communities across Canada.

As part of their commitment, the NHLPA has matched donations made on Giving Tuesday — a national movement to rally people in Canada to give back by donating to their favourite charities following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On Giving Tuesday 2019, Canadians joined together to raise a record-breaking $61,481 for Kids Help Phone! We extend our deepest gratitude to the NHLPA for deepening this impact with its incredible matching gift.

The NHLPA has also raised funds for Kids Help Phone at its annual NHLPA Golf Classic, and players are sharing their voices in support of mental health through call-to-action videos and a series of articles published on both the NHLPA and Kids Help Phone websites. The latest collaborative article explores how players deal with expectations, and their advice for young people struggling to cope.

I would tell anyone that it’s not about putting pressure on yourself, it’s more about having confidence in your abilities

said Paul Byron of the Montreal Canadiens in the article. Read all of the NHLPA’s articles for here.

Thank you to the NHLPA and its members for showing up for youth!