Earlier this week, a major step was taken for hockey players everywhere. In an email that went out to members of the hockey community, NexGoal CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Dahl announced the launch of the website “Hockey Players in Business.”
The email release stated the following:
Fellow hockey players – I’m excited to announce the creation of Hockey Players in Business (HPIB) www.hockeyplayersinbusiness.org.
HPIB is a not-for-profit organization that was formed for the purpose of helping hockey players in business expand their professional network, further their professional development and to give back to the game of hockey. Hockey players have an inherent bond and the number of current or former hockey players in business is staggering. The Cleveland chapter is the founding chapter but we anticipate that HPIB will eventually become a national organization with a dedicated staff and potentially an international footprint. As a point of reference, Wrestlers in Business, which was also founded in Cleveland, has 15,000+ members nationwide and is one of the most influential organizations in that sport.
The cost to join HPIB is $50 per year and you can pay via Paypal by registering through the website. You can read through the criteria for joining HPIB, but effectively you are eligible if you have played organized hockey, regardless of level, and are currently working for a business (for-profit or non-for-profit) or looking to work for a business.
The Cleveland chapter is currently planning on having four events per year including our kick-off happy hour on August 31st (details forthcoming). The next event will be a speaker event in November/December (it will be someone you will definitely enjoy hearing).
The website has plenty of information and will continue to evolve. You can also join the LinkedIn group through the website. Please consider joining HPIB so you have access to the phenomenal network of HPIB. Don’t hesitate to call or email me with any questions and feel free to forward this message to other hockey players in business.
Also contact me if he have an interest in starting a HPIB Group in your area.
As a former NHL athlete, Dahl will be serving as the Vice President for the group. If you are a former hockey player looking to expand your network and reach in the business world, this is an excellent opportunity to get in at the ground floor of something great.