Discover is partnering with the NHL and NHLPA Learn to Play program to tell inspiring stories of organizations and individuals who are dedicated to growing the game for everyone. To see all the ways Discover is empowering brighter futures with the NHL, visit www.NHL.com/Discover.
richard payne & pittsburgh I.c.e.
Richard Payne has dedicated his life to sharing his love of the game of hockey with the next generation, ensuring the youth in his communities have access and opportunities to play ice hockey, even if that means driving a van around the city to pick the athletes up and get them to practice himself. Now that the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Penguins Foundation have created a Learn to Play program as part of Pittsburgh I.C.E., Richard’s influence and enthusiasm has encouraged even more young kids in the community to try hockey. In honor of Richard’s work, Discover is donating a season’s worth of ice time to the Pittsburgh I.C.E. Learn to Play program.
New York Islanders
next step girls only program
Some of the best female hockey players grew up in Long Island, but a lack of girls’ programs meant they had to leave LI to truly progress. The NY Islanders are changing that and, with NWHL and LIU players assisting as coaches, they’ve created the first girls only, Next Step program on the Island, allowing their talent to not only continue growing in their own community, but stay there throughout their hockey career as well. In an effort to support the Next Step Girls Only Program, Discover is donating 20 hockey scholarships to ensure girls can continue on in their hockey journeys.
COVID Equipment Relief Program
In an effort to combat a challenging year for participating in youth hockey programs during the pandemic, the NHL & NHLPA helped establish the COVID Equipment Relief program which donated 2500 sets of equipment to NHL Clubs around the nation. In Minnesota, with the help of this equipment allocation from the Minnesota Wild, Steven “Moose” Younghans has singlehandedly kept hockey alive for the kids in the Johnson Como North St. Paul Youth Hockey Association (JCNSP), giving them an opportunity to play and to train by turning his garage into a workout facility. In an effort to support Moose’s work, Discover doubled the amount of equipment the JCNSP received from the COVID Equipment Relief program.
Little Leighton’s Learn to Play
9-year-old Leighton Accardo inspired the Arizona Coyotes and the entire community around her with her infectious positive attitude while battling cancer. After her passing, and with the help of friend and Olympian Lyndsey Fry, the first ever, Girls Only Learn to Play program for the Coyotes, the Little Leighton’s, was created in her honor, giving all young girls in the area the opportunity to learn the game she loved. To continue the growth of girl’s hockey in Arizona, Discover is proud to donate over 100 hockey scholarships to further support the Little Leighton’s.