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Year two for ‘Goals & Dreams’ in Deux-Montagnes

Create: 03/08/2016 - 01:26

For a second year, the Deux-Montagnes Regional Police Department has partnered with the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) to take part in a program benefiting 24 children from Deux-Montagnes, Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Pointe-Calumet and St-Joseph-du-Lac who might normally not be able to play hockey because of the high cost of equipment.
A program to be proud of
“I can tell you that I am super proud of this project,” said police chief Alain Simoneau who was on hand at the Ste-Marthe community centre on Feb. 25 when the equipment was distributed to the participating children. “I am absolutely certain that your kids as they grow with this program will be proud they took part,” added the police chief. “This is an excellent chance they’re getting.”
Two full teams of children between the ages of seven and 11 years are being put together with the NHLPA program’s assistance, giving them the opportunity to feel part of a team while gaining a sense of pride in their sports achievements.
A community effort
Launched in 1999, the NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams project has donated full sets of equipment worth more than $22 million to underprivileged children in 30 countries. More than 60,000 children around the world have benefited from the generosity of the NHL players’ association.
With the help of the NHLPA, the hockey team put together will be coached by the officers of the police department, including every section from socio-community to the patrol and investigations divisions. Parents of the children will also have the opportunity to encourage their children who will be getting on the ice for the first time in a team atmosphere.
Backed by former NHLers
The NHLPA says its Goals & Dreams fund is the largest grassroots hockey assistance program in the world. Through the donation of equipment grants, the program has given tens of thousands of deserving children the opportunity to play hockey and benefit from the sport’s commitment to teamwork, discipline and physical fitness.
An Advisory Board representing hockey’s best and greatest governs Goals & Dreams’ donations. Board members include 1972 Summit Series hero and former NHL player Paul Henderson, former NHL goaltender John Davidson, Hockey Night In Canada’s Ron MacLean and many other former NHL players and current NHLPA members.
Giving back to the community
According to the NHLPA, the organization launched the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Game-Changer Award in 2010 to address needs not covered by Goals & Dreams’ usual mandate. Families facing unique economic or social challenges and communities requiring emergency arena repairs can apply online to receive individual grants through this program.
Celebrating its 17th anniversary in 2016, the NHLPA says Goals & Dreams continues to evolve by giving players the opportunity to connect with communities and children around the world and give back through the game they love. They say the program is a cornerstone of the NHLPA’s efforts at the grassroots level and will continue to be an incredible vehicle for exposing children to the game of hockey.

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