Many of us grew up playing hockey on the streets and still remember the calls of "CAR". We would then move our hockey nets, watch the cars go by and then resume playing. When I was one of those kid’s we were imagining we were Lafluer, Esposito or Dryden. These days the game is the same but the players the kids are emulating are Crosby, Ovechkin and Iginla.
We didn’t think of the bigger picture back then as we sucked in the exhaust fumes from that 1975 Chevy as it slowly drove by and I am sure that it is the same for the players today when that Prius drives by. The one difference is the affect on the global warming of the planet. I understand that little Bobby "Crosby" Jones doesn’t spend too much time worrying about global warming; he is just trying to get that backhand to look just like Sidney Crosby’s. Hockey players have always been someone to look up to and have been role models for generations of kids, now there is just one more reason for this to be.
Each player in the National Hockey League generates about 10 tonnes of carbon emissions each season with the bulk of it coming from air travel but also from driving between arenas and airports. Andrew Ference spearheaded an initiative where players purchase carbon offsets to cover their air travel and hotels while they are on the road with the NHL. The initiative which is not run by the NHL or individual teams is entirely voluntarily. Today, roughly half of the players are participating in the initiative. The money that is paid to the carbon offsets is distributed to clean air projects in India, Indonesia and Madagascar.