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Legends Take The Lead

03/18/2013, 3:15pm CDT
By Minnesota Hockey Journal

Minnesota NHL Alumni Association giving back to local hockey families and facilities

Some of the game’s biggest legends are giving back to the community in a big way. The Minnesota NHL Alumni Association is upping the ante on its local contributions to the State of Hockey.

In conjunction with Reebok/CCM, the group of former NHL players is spearheading a major donation program to underwrite youth hockey expenses for financially challenged young players. In 2013, the program will assist 14 players across the state with equipment and ice fees.

Minnesota NHL Alumni Association President and former Minnesota North Star Brad Maxwell believes this is an important initiative that will benefit local kids, families and associations.

“We wanted to take a more active role in helping players who already play hockey to continue playing, even if they are struggling to afford it,” Maxwell says. “These are kids who love the game and we don’t want to see them go.”

Here’s a snapshot of what the former NHLers and Reebok/CCM are doing:

> City of Lakes Youth Hockey Association: Paid off dues for two kids and will be making an equipment donation next month.
> St. Paul Johnson Como Hockey Association: Paid off dues for two kids.
> Minnesota Hockey Recreation League: Paid off hockey dues for one child and will be making an equipment donation.
> Fergus Falls Hockey Association: Will be making an equipment donation to a family of five.

That’s not all these guys have been up to. In 2012, the nonprofit organization initiated a program to donate automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to Minnesota hockey rinks that were not equipped with these life-saving devices. As of January, they have purchased AEDs for arenas in Windom, Forest Lake, Richmond, Hastings, Buffalo, Cloquet, Mankato, Rochester, Warroad, Victoria and Plymouth. Quality AED defibrillators cost approximately $2,000 each.

“These are devices that have saved lives time and time again,” Maxwell says. “A lot of these rinks don’t have these AEDs and we think it’s important they do.”

The association’s goal is to donate 40 AEDs to Minnesota rinks in 2013.
The alumni also participated in a charity game on Veteran’s Day to benefit the Minnesota Warriors, a hockey club for military veterans. And in February, they set up a game to benefit the Chisago Lakes Hockey Association, along with St. Paul native and former Buffalo Sabre Jeff Parker, who is battling cardio pulmonary hypertension.

For more information on the Minnesota NHL Alumni Association and upcoming events, visit and Like them on Facebook.

“We wanted to take a more active role in helping players who already play hockey to continue playing, even if they are struggling to afford it. These are kids who love the game and we don’t want to see them go.” –Brad Maxwell

Minnesota NHL Alumni Association Members

Bill Baker
Don Beaupre
Brian Bellows
Bob Bergloff
Dwight Bialowas
Scott Bjugstad
Brian Bonin
Jim Boo
Henry Boucha
Bob Brooke
Aaron Broten
Neal Broten
Paul Broten
Bill Butters
Jack Carlson
Shawn Chambers
Marc Chorney
Tom Chorske
Dave Christian
Steve Christoff
Dino Cicarelli
Ben Clymer
Mike Crowley
Chris Dahlquist
Steve Dowling
Joe Dziedzic
Mike Eaves
Kelly Fairchild
Michael Fidler
Ron Foyt
Gary Gambucci
Roger Gilbertson
Curt Giles
Gord Hampson
Ted Hampson
Ben Hankinson
Casey Hankinson
John Harrington
Craig Hartsburg
Darby Hendrickson
Tom Hirsch
Phil Housley
Dave Jensen
Steve Jensen
John Johannson
Jim Johnson
Ian Kidd
Trent Klatt
Matt Koalska
Jim Korn
Don Kozak
Antti Laaksonen
Dave Langevin
Reed Larson
Mike Lauen
Brian Lawton
Peter LoPresti
Brian MacLellan
John Madden
Dan Mandich
Dennis Maruk
Brad Maxwell
Chris McAlpine
Rob McClanahan
Jim McElmury
Bruce McIntosh
Mike McMahon
Pat Micheletti
Warren Miller
Mike Modano
Lou Nanne
Jeff Nielsen
Craig Norwich
Danny O’Shea
Murray Oliver
Joel Otto
Bob Paradise
J.P. Parise
Jeff Parker
Steve Payne
Mike Peluso
John Perpich
Lance Pitlick
Derek Plante
Willi Plett
Shjon Podein
Mike Polich
Mike Ramsey
Erik Rasmussen
Tom Reid
Dave Richter
Gordie Roberts
Jon Rohloff
Scott Sandelin
Gary Sargent
Craig Sarner
Neil Sheehy
Bobby Smith
Wyatt Smith
Dave Snuggerud
Glen Sonmor
Robb Stauber
Dean Talafous
Jeff Teal
Sean Toomey
Dan Trebil
Wes Walz
Jim Warner
Carl Wetzel
Tim Young
Tom Younghans
Ron Zanussi
Richard Zemlak

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