Roberto Botticelli Sneakers - Men Roberto Botticelli Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11512698TF,Shop Baretraps Janny Women's Sandals & Flip Flops Red Rose - - 21286747Men's Formal Shoes Faux Leather Spring / Fall Chinoiserie Oxfords Black / Yellow / Brown / Brogue,Nike Sneakers - Men Nike Sneakers online on Australia - 11216358XF,Fashion / Popular Mast & Harbour Women Black Solid Stilettos Online Shoes Outlet,Carvela - Black 'Wren' high heel knee boots,Colmar Sneakers - Men Colmar Sneakers online on Canada - 11578530AW,Men's Suede Summer Comfort Sneakers Gray / Black / Gold / Black / Red,Lumberjack Boots - Men Lumberjack Boots online on United Kingdom - 11514583KA,Nike Women's Air Huarache Running Sneakers Style/Color: 634835-012 Sneakers Size US 6 Regular (M, B),Pink FRED DE LA BRETONIERE Espadrilles 152010017,Men's Mesh Summer Comfort Athletic Shoes Walking Shoes White / Pink / White / White / Blue,Women's Latin Shoes / Ballroom Shoes Satin Sandal Flared Heel Non Customizable Dance Shoes Black / Blue / Fuchsia / Leather,Mens - Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Sneakers In White 150154C White 8.5 (UK) 7,7.5,8.5,9,10,11,12,Winsor Loafers - Men Winsor Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11498346UT,Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Patent Leather Bow Flat, New Bisque,Nike Mayfly Woven - Sneakers - Men Nike Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11303239KT,Donald J Pliner Corsica Wedge Platform Mule,Cheap / Discount TOM TAILOR Trainers Men Black Online Shoes Outlet,Supra Sneakers - Men Supra Sneakers online on Canada - 11471932FR,Frye Veronica Leather Combat Booties,Moma Loafers - Men Moma Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11518672QQ,Men's Latin Shoes Leatherette Sneaker Trim Stiletto Heel Customizable Dance Shoes Blue,Royal Republiq Sneakers - Men Royal Republiq Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11416726WBTod's Loafers - Men Tod's Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11541147RN,Men's Comfort Shoes Mesh Fall Athletic Shoes Walking Shoes Black / Gray / BlueShy By Arvid Yuki Sneakers - Women Shy By Arvid Yuki Sneakers online on Australia - 11048970RU,Men's Comfort Shoes Cowhide / Elastic Fabric Fall Athletic Shoes Hiking Shoes Gray / Brown / Royal Blue,Gabor - Black 'Alice' wide fit casual shoes,TOM FORD Camouflage Nubuck Leather Slide Sandal,
Pat Flatley's 14 years in the NHL couldn't prepare him for life after hockey. But a new program at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management is aiming to do just that.
"When their whole life is hockey and all of a sudden they get injured or they retire ... there are high incidences of divorce and financial issues," said Marla Spergel, a marketing professor at Ryerson and one of the program's original architects.
The program, called BreakAway, is being funded through the NHL's alumni association and offers current and former players the opportunity to take four Internet and app-based courses, accessible from anywhere on a flexible schedule, to help them prepare for their eventual transition out of the NHL.
Story continues below advertisement
The four courses include personal finance, personal branding, leadership skills and transitioning to a new career.
For instance, the personal finance course includes financial planning and risk management, and the marketing course includes identifying consumer segments and developing positioning.
- COMPOSITIONSoft Leather, Textile fibres
- DETAILScanvas, leather, stitching , solid colour, laces, round toeline, flatform, rubber wedge, leather lining, rubber sole, contains non-textile parts of animal origin
- MEASUREMENTSBoot length 5.46 inches, Boot width 11.31 inches, Heel height 1.17 inches
"The idea is that we educate the players as they come in," said Ms. Spergel. "Financially, a lot of these people come into the stream, they make a lot of money, a lot of people take advantage of them and they really don't have the education to understand … the implications of a bad decision and being caught on social media - like [Michael]Phelps did when he was caught with the bong."
While Mr. Flatley's transition wasn't mired in some of the issues that plague professional athletes new to retirement, he still feels strongly about supporting fellow alumni through post-game life.
O.X.S. Sneakers - Men O.X.S. Sneakers online on Canada - 11119783XA,Fashion / Popular Ahnu Merritt Women Black Online Shoes Outlet,Fashion / Popular Men Rockport Classic Loafer Lite Penny Dark Brown Online Shoes Outlet,Men's Nappa Leather Spring Comfort Oxfords Gray / Yellow / Khaki,Women's Latin Shoes / Ballroom Shoes Satin Sandal Crystal Customized Heel Customizable Dance Shoes Blue / Purple / Leather / LeatherPantofola D'oro Sneakers - Women Pantofola D'oro Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11228216DPCantarelli Loafers - Men Cantarelli Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11375857EK,Sun 68 Sneakers - Men Sun 68 Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11481301XLWomen's Shoes Fabric Winter Fall Fashion Boots Boots Chunky Heel Round Toe Mid-Calf Boots Knee High Boots for Wedding Party & Evening,Leather Crown Sneakers - Men Leather Crown Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11536383FJBlue WARMBAT Slippers CLASSIC UNISEX SUEDE,Fashion / Popular Reebok Work Anomar Black/Pink Women Online Shoes Outlet,Moschino Cheap And Chic Sneakers - Women Moschino Cheap And Chic Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11335908PQ,Men's PU(Polyurethane) Summer Comfort Sandals White / Black / Yellow,Mens - adidas Originals Climacool 1 Sneakers In Black BA7177 Black 12 (UK) 7,7.5,8.5,9,10,11,12,Men's PU(Polyurethane) Spring / Fall Comfort Sneakers Black / Gray / Blue,Calpierre Sneakers - Men Calpierre Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11462211WB,Perfect / Comfortable Shellys London DAMITA - High heeled sandals Rose Gold Women Online Shoes OutletMen's PU(Polyurethane) Spring / Fall Comfort Athletic Shoes Basketball Shoes Slip Resistant Black / Black / Red / Black / White,Liviana Conti Sneakers - Women Liviana Conti Sneakers online on Australia - 11301364FU,Faith - White 'Daenerys' mid block heel ankle strap sandals,Mens - ASOS Derby Shoes In Tan Leather With Contrast Sole Detail Tan 12 (UK) 7,7.5,8.5,9,10,11,12,Lanvin Sneakers - Men Lanvin Sneakers online on Australia - 11463949RUMen's Mesh Spring Comfort Athletic Shoes Walking Shoes Black / Beige / Coffee,Bruno Bordese Sneakers - Men Bruno Bordese Sneakers online on Canada - 11498506WTMen's PU(Polyurethane) Fall Comfort Athletic Shoes Black / Dark Blue / Gray / Running Shoes,Nike Women's Huarache "Igloo" Sneakers Is The Perfect Sneaker For Your Everyday Activities. Style/Color: 634835-303 Sneakers Size US 7 Narrow (Aa, N)Cheap / Discount Pelle Moda Hazel Women Black Suede Online Shoes Outlet,Valentino Garavani Loafers - Men Valentino Garavani Loafers online on Canada - 11543843PU,Women's Shoes PU(Polyurethane) Spring / Summer Comfort Loafers & Slip-Ons Flat Heel Pointed Toe Gray / Red / Pink,
"Through this whole process, it's almost too late to transition once you're retired so the decision was made to begin helping players understand that their careers are finite," said Mr. Flatley, who will be working as a liaison between the program and the league and players.
"There's one thing for sure, along with death and taxes, everyone's going to be an alumnus one day and if we can prepare them for the 30 to 40 to 50 years hopefully afterwards, which is really the meaningful part of their lives, that's really what the goal is."
When the former New York Islanders captain finally hung up his skates in 1997, the current support system for post-NHL life wasn't available to him. While he got a job working for the league and was involved in some businesses on the side, he describes that time in his life as empty.
Story continues below advertisement
"[Hockey executive]Brian Burke called me and said, 'We need to start an alumni program.' I remember saying to him, 'I can't believe you're calling me because I'm sitting here thinking I feel like I just fell off a cliff,'" said Mr. Flatley. "I played for 14 years and I'm sitting by myself at the kitchen table and nobody's phoning and there's nowhere to go."
Applications to the new program will be accepted starting in January, and players will have six months to complete a course once they've begun. The players will also be advised on career direction, including further education options.
The main goal now is promoting the program across the league and to the players themselves in order for the program to be successful longterm, said Mr. Flatley.
"We've got to make them come," said Ms. Spergel. "It's convincing the hockey players that, based on historical information gathered by psychologists, this is what they need."
Both have high hopes for the longevity and possible expansion of the program.
"We see this as a long-term commitment from [Ryerson]" said Ms. Spergel. "There are always going to be new hockey players coming on board."
Story continues below advertisement
"I'd be happy with the program sustaining itself and hopefully seeing it grow into more," said Mr. Flatley. "It's just opening the door to education."
Special to The Globe and Mail