NHL Launches Hat Tricks for Trees Green Initiative

February 6, 2013

NHL launches Hat Tricks for Trees initiativeThe NHL is getting greener by the minute. The professional hockey league has been going through rough times – with the lockout, but thankfully that’s over – but that doesn’t mean the organization stopped supporting the environment. Recently, the NHL launched an initiative benefiting trees.

In January, the NHL launched the Hat Tricks for Trees™ program, which assists The Nature Conservancy’s green efforts in saving Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

The hockey league has managed to unite the exciting game of hockey and saving trees in a creative way. Every time a hat trick (three goals by a player in one game) is scored this season, and during playoffs, 50 trees will be donated.

The idea came about when Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference and the Bruin’s community blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder formed, a partnership in donating trees. Ference then agreed to donate 50 trees for every goal scored by teammate Tyler Seguin. Now, the entire league is involved.

“Tropical forests are the lungs of the Earth, storing enormous amounts of carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen in a never-ending cycle of life. The Atlantic Forest – one of the biggest tropical forests in the world – helps stabilize the global climate and fight global warming,” The Nature Conservancy explains.

This isn’t the first time the NHL has planted trees. In 2012, NHL Green, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tree Pittsburgh planted trees near the CONSOL Energy Center. The trees not only offer beauty, but also a great form of energy and a way to improve air quality.

Donations will benefit The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign and Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. It’s mission is to restore one million acres of land and plant one billion trees by 2015.

Fans can stay up to date on the green campaign by following the NHL on Twitter, and can also contribute by making donations.

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: NHL Green