NHL, NHLPA make educational hockey-themed resource free to families

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy talks to his team during a practice. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

The NHL and NHLPA are stepping out to help families that are homeschooling kids due to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hockey Scholar, a hockey-themed STEM curriculum for elementary and middle-school-aged students that is part of the NHL and NHLPA’s Future Goals Program, is now available for free online.

The Hockey Scholar program consists of 12 learning modules and is powered by EverFi, a Washington, D.C., based company that specializes in training software. Until now, the program has only been available to teachers and schools.

According to a statement from the NHL, some examples of activities within the Hockey Scholar program include:

• Exploring the engineering behind equipment such as skates, sticks, and goalie pads.

• Calculating the surface area and volume of the ice.

• Reviewing the different states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas).

• Analysis of geometric constructions and how angles are a key component of the game.

• Examination of mass, velocity, and kinetic energy premised on player speed and game dynamics.

“Students who complete the Future Goals – Hockey Scholar program will not only gain an understanding of foundational STEM concepts; they’ll also be introduced to careers in hockey related to STEM,” the statement says. “The NHL, NHLPA and EVERFI understand that hockey has always been more than a game – it’s a community built around sport and these online tools will allow families to remain connected to the hockey community during this unprecedented time.”

The NHL’s statement says over 3.1 million students have participated in the Future Goals program since it launched in 2014, accounting for more than 6.5 million hours of learning.


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