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National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) launch $500,000 hurricane recovery effort with Habitat for Humanity International

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 17, 2006) – The National Hockey League, National Hockey League Players’ Association, Nashville Predators and Habitat for Humanity announced today a half-million dollar plan for hurricane-recovery efforts in the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The NHL and NHLPA’s $500,000 contribution will finance the building of six new homes in partnership with families affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, through Habitat Humanity International’s hurricane rebuilding effort, called “Operation Home Delivery.”

This new partnership will immediately help families in need, as well as strengthen the ties between the organizations as they continue to do their part. The plan will engage the NHL, NHLPA, teams, employees, business partners and fans, in a joint-community effort and hands-on experience where it is most needed, while fulfilling the Habitat mission and building houses in partnership with families in need.

NHL, NHLPA, Nashville Predators and Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers framed a house in the parking lot of the Gaylord Entertainment Center. The house will provide hope for a hurricane-affected family who will call the Nashville area their permanent home in Providence Park, a model HFH neighborhood of 140 Habitat homes.

“The NHLPA and its members are excited to be a part of Habitat for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts, aiding those affected by the disasters in the U.S. Gulf Coast,” said Mike Gartner, chairman of the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund. “Players are proud to do their part and make a meaningful impact in the communities that support them season after season.”

“We remain committed to those who are facing difficulty in the wake of last year’s hurricanes,” said Bernadette Mansur, NHL Foundation executive director. “This effort will create a call-to-action for the public to get involved with their local teams to volunteer and give back to the community in which they live.”

“Hurricanes Katrina and Rita peeled back the cover to reveal that poverty housing exists not only along the Gulf Coast, but in communities across this country and around the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “Through its involvement with Habitat for Humanity, the National Hockey League and the players are setting a great example of how we all can work hand in hand to help displaced families recover for the long-term, while never losing sight of our commitment to help those families throughout the United States and across the globe whose housing conditions constitute a daily disaster.”

About the National Hockey League
The National Hockey League, founded November 22, 1917, is the second oldest of the four major team sports leagues in North America. The NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs based in the United States and Canada. More than 33 percent of NHL players hail from outside North America from 22 different countries. Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer, Hockey’s All-Star Kids and NHL Diversity, and supports the charitable efforts of all NHL players.

About the National Hockey League Players Association
The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) launched the Goals & Dreams fund in 1999 as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Since inception, the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund has donated full sets of equipment to more than 8,000 economically challenged children in 17 countries. To date, the players’ program has donated more than $15-million to grassroots hockey programs around the world making it the largest program of its kind!

About Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity
Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that provides families with the life-changing opportunity to purchase a decent, affordable home. The agency has tripled in size since 2002 and closed its 2005 fiscal year with a record number of homes built (30). Qualifying families for the Habitat program purchase their homes at cost (usually $75,000-85,000) and repay the mortgage with no interest over a 20-30 year period. Additionally, families are required to accumulate “sweat equity” hours, earned through HomeWORKS classes, build site time, and community work or volunteering in some other aspect of Habitat operations, such as the Habitat HomeStores. The NAHFH HomeWORKS program provides hundreds of hours of classes for partner families on budgeting, credit management, mortgage finance, and home maintenance. These classes build each individual’s leadership, citizenship and life skills. To request an application or to receive more information about Habitat, call 615-254-HOME or visit Major funding for Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity is provided by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, The Memorial Foundation, The HCA Foundation, The David and Sarah Ingram Advised Fund, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the LP Foundation.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people. For more information, visit