Las Vegas–Today in New York City several National Hockey League players including Vegas Golden Knights starting goaltender Marc-André Fleury participated in the Media Day tour as the league celebrates 100 years of existence.
Fleury along with Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones, New York Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh, and Edmonton Oilers Captain Connor McDavid stopped by 30 Rock and the Today Show.
“Flower” along with his counterparts took time out of their busy day during the NHL Media to take a photo with hockey fans at 30 Rock in the Big Apple with the 2017-18 campaign only days away.
The day was highlighted by the “Declaration of Principles” which is a set of commonly shared values of beliefs that are a vision of delivering the best possible hockey experience for participants and their families.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made mentioned to how important is for the league to have the “Declaration of Principles” as a guide in bringing a positive outlook in promoting their brand to fans around the world.
“The Declaration of Principles represents the hockey world speaking with one voice: our game teaches life lessons that can guide a meaningful future,” NHL Commissioner Bettman said. “While not everyone who plays the game will have an NHL career, every player at every level — and the family and friends of every player — can enjoy rewarding experiences and share a common commitment to respect, inclusiveness and sportsmanship.”
NHLPA representative and former NHLer Mathieu Schneider also echoed the importance to build the grassroots in hockey which is what the Golden Knights are doing in their community with the Junior Golden Knights youth program.
“We believe it is important for the NHLPA to take a leadership role together with the NHL in the development of youth and grassroots hockey,” said Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director. “Hockey is a fun game, which imparts important values, facilitates camaraderie among participants, and instills important life lessons that all Players can carry with them in their daily lives.”
A Collaborative Effort By The International Hockey World
Including the NHL and the NHLPA, 17 hockey organizations from around the world have joined together: American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA); American Hockey League (AHL); Canadian Hockey League (CHL); Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL); Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL); College Hockey Inc.; ECHL; Hockey Canada; International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF); National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL); North American Hockey League (NAHL); U SPORTS; United States Hockey League (USHL); and USA Hockey.
Declaration of Principles
We believe every leader of the sport has the responsibility to inspire stakeholders in an effort to deliver a positive family hockey experience. Hockey participation offers families value beyond making an individual a better player or even a better athlete. The game of hockey is a powerful platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills. These benefits are available to all players, desirable to every family and transcend the game.
Today, guided by our common values, we jointly pledge to the following Principles.
1. Hockey should be an enjoyable family experience; all stakeholders–organizations, players, parents, siblings, coaches, referees, volunteers and rink operators–play a role in this effort.
2. Hockey’s greatest value is the role it plays in the development of character and life skills.
3. All hockey organizations–regardless of size or level of competition–bring value to players and families in their ability to deliver a positive family experience.
4. Physical activity is important for a healthy body, mind and spirit.
5. There are significant benefits of youth participation in multiple sports.
6. Hockey programs should be age-appropriate for all players, accounting for each individuals physical, emotional and cognitive development.
7. There is great value in all forms of hockey, both on and off the ice.
8. All hockey programs should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Simply put, hockey is for everyone.
We believe in our ability to improve lives and strengthen communities globally through hockey. We believe that living by these Principles will provide a healthy, balanced and enjoyable experience for all and inspire impactful service beyond the rink.