A while ago we talked about Georges Laraque’s, Phil Housley, and Igor Larionov veganism, as well as Scott Niedermayer’s animal rights involvement (all of that can be read here). I thought I’d take a I’d take another quick moment to briefly talk about some other ecological moves hockey players are making. Not surprisingly, they involve some of the same names.
In a recent “Olympic portrait” article on Scott Niedermayer in the Orange County Register, Niedermayer’s appreciation of nature is discussed, as well as his rural upbringing that fostered it. The piece touches on his decision to switch from his Toyota Prius to an even more ecological “zero-emissions hydrogen-powered Honda that he uses to commute from his home in south Orange County to Anaheim.” It also discusses Nidermayer’s attempts to influence some of his team mates:
“He has tried to get some of his Ducks teammates to ditch their SUVs for hybrids. How’s that going so far?
Said Niedermayer with a grin, ‘At least they know what they are.’ “
Here’s another recurring name — Recently exiled, ex-Canadien George Laraque announced in February that he was joining the Green Party of Canada, which certainly makes sense considering his wide involvement in other environmental and animal rights causes.
On year ago in March 2009, over 420 NHL players partnered up David Suzuki Foundation to purchase Gold Standard carbon offsets. Purchasing offsets has measurable benefit for the climate, and helps lessen the environmental impact the constant travel of NHL teams. 2009 was the second year the NHL Players Association participated in the program, and I imagine they will continue to do so in 2010.
Washington Capitals’ winger Matt Bradley is also involved in the environmentalist fight, acting as a leader among his peers to influence a greener culture within hockey. You can read an interview with Bradley via the National Geographic here.
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