Have you ever wondered how to stay connected to other athletes when your playing days are over? Well, if you are anything like the group over at Hockey Players in Business, it means putting together great events that not only connect former hockey players, but give back to the game they all loved as well!
Recently, the group partnered up with the Calder Cup Champion, Cleveland Monsters, and the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL to host an impressive event at Quicken Loans Arena. The admission of the event not only included an opportunity to network with other hockey players in business (hence the name), but to hear from NHL Hall of Famer and President of Hockey Operations for the Blue Jackets, John Davidson.
Davidson wasn’t the only member of the panel, as former NHL player and current Blue Jackets broadcaster, Jody Shelley, was there to help lead the discussion as well. Both Davidson and Shelley provided a excellent insight about the difficult transition players often face when leaving the game behind, but as Davidson put it, “Networking is working” when it comes to helping make this transition easier for hockey players.
Below is a video of Davidson speaking at the event and sharing the knowledge that has helped him transition from one of the greats to ever play the game to a success in the front office. Hockey Players in Business also posted a gallery of the photos from the event over on Facebook, which you can view by visiting their Facebook page—and while you are there, give it a like if you do not mind! They also have a full post with other quotes from the event you can read here.
NexGoal Co-Founder and CEO, Kevin Dahl, was also in attendance and helped give out some of the great door prizes from the event as you can see in a couple of the pictures below. Dahl enjoyed the event and mentioned it was great for former hockey players to have the opportunity to not only network, but share some laughs and take in a hockey game as well.
If you are a former hockey player at any level and want to know how you can get involved with Hockey Players in Business, head over to their website and learn more about becoming a member. They also send out monthly newsletters spotlighting successful hockey players in business—like our very own Dahl—that you do not want to miss!