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Declaration of Principles Praised in Tampa

By Tom Gulitti, NHL

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In September, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association unveiled hockey’s Declaration of Principles, developed to create the best possible family hockey experience, and was adopted by 17 hockey organizations globally.

The next step in advancing those principles came Friday at the 2018 NHL All-Star Declaration of Principles Summit at the Westin Tampa Waterside, which kicked off 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa.

Emceed by NHL Network analyst and former NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes, the summit featured an array of experts who shared their insights on how the principles can be applied to improving the athletes’ and fans’ experiences in hockey and in all sports. Keynote speakers at the summit, attended by 300 invited guests from hockey organizations across the United States and Canada, included WWE personality Titus O’Neil, former NHL player and coach Ted Nolan and author, educator and activist Tony Porter.

“Our hope is today these conversations can set an example, they can inform, they can enlighten and they can produce new ideas for growing our game and new ways to interact and develop, perhaps even create new audiences, and now especially, and hopefully, support our core belief that hockey is for everyone,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik expressed hope the summit can be continued at future All-Star Weekends. The 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition is at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports), and the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game is Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports)

“This morning marks one of those opportunities to have conversations about athletes’ involvement in the community, increasing diversity of hockey at all levels and life skill development,” Vinik said. “These are all important conversations that should happen at all levels of society, from business leaders to politicians and down to the grassroots level.”

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NHL, Lightning Open Ball Hockey Rink at All-Star Weekend

By NHL Public Relations

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The National Hockey League, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Lightning Foundation dropped the puck at a brand new outdoor ball hockey rink, donated as a legacy to the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend. The rink, donated to the recently renamed Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Boys & Girls Club in Tampa, will service hundreds of youth in the area each year.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay provide safe environments for youth aged 5-18 years with space to engage in physical activities and structured programming after school. Their mission is to help all young people reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.

“To be a part of such an amazing project that is supported by such a great organization is nothing short of incredible,” said Chris Letsos, President & CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. “This Club and all of its resources, including the rink, will bring such positive reinforcement to this community and its residents. And it is through this critical partnership that we are able to continue our mission of building Great Futures.”

The outdoor ball hockey rink at the Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Boys & Girls Club supports the NHL and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s commitment to growing hockey at the grassroots level. The rink will include a large playing surface that can withstand rain; permanent hockey boards; home and away benches; a scorer’s table; and expanded lighting to better accommodate outdoor play year-round. The donation also includes brand new youth street hockey equipment.

“When the opportunity was presented to us by the NHL to create an All-Star legacy leave behind in Tampa, we could not have been more pleased to work together on a street hockey facility for our youth,” said Jeff Vinik, Chairman and Governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “Developing new hockey players and new hockey fans is mission critical for us as we look to grow the game in our community and we appreciate the opportunity to do that with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.”

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Land Rover BAR share 35th America’s Cup Bermuda Sustainability Report

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Land Rover BAR training on R1 in Bermuda. Photo credit: Land Rover BAR.

Six months after returning to the UK from Bermuda – where the team were based for the 35th America’s Cup – Land Rover BAR are now sharing their learnings and achievements in the Bermuda Sustainability Report; namely that large sporting events present a unique opportunity to leave a lasting legacy and a positive impact in the communities where they are hosted.

The report covers the activities undertaken in preparation for and during the team’s relocation to the island at the end of 2016, through to their return home to Portsmouth in July 2017, and has been created in collaboration with the team’s Exclusive Sustainability Partner, 11th Hour Racing.

Land Rover BAR was publicly launched in June 2014, with the goal to win the America’s Cup alongside becoming one of the most sustainable sports teams in the world. In these three years the team have scored many firsts, one of which was to become the first professional sports team in the UK to construct and operate from a BREEAM excellent standard building.

The team was determined to have as minimal an operational impact on Bermuda as possible, through extensive resource planning of the team base and featuring modular design for easy and low waste construction and deconstruction; to create a space that would need to function as a VIP hospitality lounge, a specialist manufacturing facility, a training set-up for the sailing team, a design office and a public interactive exploration zone. The team’s Sustainability Manager, Amy Munro, was particularly focused on finding useful reuse options within the local community and charities, or effective recycling when the team left the island.

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