NHL Alumni Insider

Bryan Helmer - 20 Seasons of Hockey

The journey to the NHL is a remarkable one, and as the resident writer for the NHL Alumni Association, I have heard many wonderful stories and met many amazing people. Every player that reaches the world’s greatest league travels a unique path and it is an honour to share their stories here as the NHL Alumni Insider. This particular interview is personally special for me though. For the first time, I am welcoming a close friend into Hockey’s Greatest Family - Bryan Helmer.

Andrew Rodger - NHLA Writer

The 19th Annual Calgary Flames Alumni Golf Tournament

Just as the NHL Alumni and its members raise much-need funds throughout Canada, the United States and around the world, individual team alumni associations help their communities at every opportunity as well. On May 30th, the Alumni Masters Golf Tournament, which is organized by members of the Calgary Flames Alumni Association, raised over $110,000 for Hospice Calgary and the Calgary Cerebral Palsy Association.

Andrew Rodger - NHLA Writer

Celebrating Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe


“His stamina, his strength and his natural ability made him the player that he was and I always had the feeling too, that he enjoyed playing the game so much. When you put all of those great ingredients together, that makes a superstar. He’s in a class by himself.”     

- Montreal Canadiens Legend Jean Beliveau

Perry Berezan - Facing off for Alzheimer’s in Alberta

In Alberta and the Northwest Territories, an estimated 40,000 people are battling Alzheimer’s and dementia related illnesses. As our population ages, that number will continue to grow and this devastating disease will touch the lives of more and more families. However, the much-needed funds raised as we ‘Face off for Alzheimer’s in Alberta’ will help with the vitally important research, patient care and hopefully, discover a cure.

Dennis Maruk - Heart of a Champion

Andrew Rodger - NHLA Writer

On February 9th, 1982, many of the game’s greatest players gathered in Washington, DC, for the 34th NHL All-Star game. One by one, the Prince of Wales and Campbell Conference players were introduced on their respective bluelines - Gretzky, Bossy, Stastny, Coffey, Bourque and Robinson. However, the crowd only rose to their feet in unison when the final player was introduced; the greatest cheers that day rang out for #20, Dennis Maruk.

Todd Ewen and the SLU Billikens Preparing to Host ACHA Division II Championship

Andrew Rodger - NHLA Writer

It is an exciting time for the St. Louis University Billikens and their coach, former NHLer Todd Ewen, as they are prepare to host fifteen other teams from the American Collegiate Hockey Association for the 2012-13 Division II National Championship Tournament for the first time.

Ottawa 67’s Honour NHL Alumni Member Bill Kitchen

Andrew Rodger - NHLA Writer

On July 30th, 2012, Hockey’s Greatest Family lost a brother far too soon when former Ottawa 67’s defenseman and NHL Alumni member Bill Kitchen passed away suddenly at 51 years of age.

Sean Pronger - The Remarkable Journey of the Journeyman

Andrew Rodger - NHLA Writer

Living in a soon-to-be demolished farmhouse in Knoxville, Tennessee, the East Coast League was vastly different from wearing the ‘C’ at Bowling Green State University. Sean Pronger’s first trip to the NHL was still a year away, but life in professional hockey had begun.