HÖGL Women's 5-10 UK 1630 Loafers, Black (Schwarz 0100), 6 UK 5-10 6 UK 3dfc5d

HÖGL Women's 5-10 UK 1630 Loafers, Black (Schwarz 0100), 6 UK 5-10 6 UK 3dfc5d
Art 0442 Mojave Creta, Women's Closed Toe Sandals, Brown, 6 UK (39 EU),
Skip to main content

HÖGL Women's 5-10 UK 1630 Loafers, Black (Schwarz 0100), 6 UK 5-10 6 UK 3dfc5d

Pat Flatley playing for the New York Rangers in 1996. He now works with a Ryerson program for transitioning hockey players.

Nathaniel S. Butler/Nathaniel Butler/Allsport/Getty

DANIELLE WEBB
Special to The Globe and Mail

Tricker's Boots - Men Tricker's Boots online on Canada - 11510518VQ,FIND Albany Formal, Men's Chelsea Boots, Brown (Stone), 10 UK (44 EU),Saint Laurent Sneakers - Men Saint Laurent Sneakers online on Australia - 11485985HF,Emanuela Passeri Ballet Flats - Women Emanuela Passeri Ballet Flats online on Canada - 11571627MN,Art 0587 Mojave Mykonos, Women's Open Toe Sandals, Green (Kaki), 4 UK (37 EU),Quattrobarradodici Sneakers - Men Quattrobarradodici Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11458810RI,Tosca Blu Ballet Flats - Women Tosca Blu Ballet Flats online on Canada - 11573729BG,Gentleman/Lady < Nike 'Zoom Train Command' Trainers < Leading Fashion,Melissa + Jason Wu Ballet Flats - Women Melissa + Jason Wu Ballet Flats online on Canada - 11290870JB,Mens - Diesel Wash Cross Over Flip Flops Black 7 (UK) 7,7.5,8.5,9,10,11,12,Dior Homme Sneakers - Men Dior Homme Sneakers online on Australia - 11464630MH,Men's PU(Polyurethane) Spring / Fall Comfort Sneakers Color Block Red / White / GreenJordan Sneakers - Men Jordan Sneakers online on Australia - 11486903KJ,Asics Men''s Gel-Lyte V Low-Top Sneakers, (Glacier Grey/Cream 9600), 12 UK 48 EU,Man/Woman - Nike Air Max 'Sequent 2 GS' Trainers - boutique to pick you up,Hannibal Laguna Ballet Flats - Women Hannibal Laguna Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11541931WFStuart Weitzman Demi 100mm Suede Knee Boots,Skechers Women Go Run Mojo - Mania Fitness Shoes, Pink (Pink), 6 UK 39 EU,Ras Ballet Flats - Women Ras Ballet Flats online on Australia - 11532501OE,Fly London Women's Bari855Fly Sling Back Sandals, (Lipstick Red), 7 UK 40 EU,Reebok Men's Yourflex Train 10 Mt Fitness Shoes, (Collegiate Navy/Cloud Grey/Acid Blue/White 0), 9 UK 43 EU,Faith - Nude suedette 'Chariot' high stiletto heel pointed shoes,Nike Women's Wmns Air Huarache Run Gymnastics Shoes, Black (Black/black/white), 4.5 UK,Rick Owens Boots - Men Rick Owens Boots online on United Kingdom - 11330185DX,Women's Shoes PU(Polyurethane) Spring Comfort Athletic Shoes Walking Shoes Creepers Round Toe Blue / Pink / Khaki,Hush Puppies Men's Fisherman Open Toe Sandals, (Brown), 9 UK 43 EU,Cantarelli Ballet Flats - Women Cantarelli Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11516080BA,Black VANS Sneakers SK8-MID REISSUE V,Perfect / Comfortable Women Athena Alexander Lorie Pink Suede Online Shoes OutletMan's/Woman's: NIKE Damskie Buty Treningowe Nike Metcon 4 ID: Fast delivery

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.

"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.

Tommy Hilfiger Women''s Essential Sneaker Low-Top, White (RWB 020), 5 UK 5 UK,Asics Women''s Gel-Pulse 9 Competition Running Shoes, Pink (Bright Rose/White/Black 2101), 37.5 EU (4.5 UK),Gore Wear Unisex C5 Windstopper Thermo Overshoes - Black, Size: 48-50,Haflinger Unisex Adults' Everest Classic Open Back Slippers, Blue (Azur 55), 6.5 UK 6.5 UK,Dune - Multicoloured 'W hype' wide fit bow and coin trim ballerina shoes,Skechers Boots - Men Skechers Boots online on Canada - 11528331GJ,Chiara Ferragni Ballet Flats - Women Chiara Ferragni Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11401458WJ,Magrit Ballet Flats - Women Magrit Ballet Flats online on Canada - 11566395DU,Men/Women - Nike Mercurial Superfly VI Elite Kids FG Football Boots - On sale,Marco Tozzi Women's 28305 Sling Back Sandals, Pink (Rose 521), 6 UK 6 UK,Adidas Men's Cloudfoam Ultimate Fitness Shoes, Red (Scarle/Cblack/SolRed 000), 9 UK (43 1/3 EU),Converse Women's CTAS Big Eyelets OX Trainers, Almost Black 049, 7 UK 7 UKTerm Women''s Kate Velcro Mary Janes, (Black), 6 UK 39 EUA.Testoni Loafers - Men A.Testoni Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11540295PUVans Sneakers - Men Vans Sneakers online on Australia - 11477950OA,L'arianna Ballet Flats - Women L'arianna Ballet Flats online on Canada - 11488732KLSaint-Honoré Paris Souliers Ballet Flats - Women Saint-Honoré Paris Souliers Ballet Flats online on Canada - 11168524JJ,New Balance Men's 574v2 Trainers, Green (Olive/Grey), 5.5 UK (38 EU),Gabor Women's Basic Boots, Black Schwarz 17, 8 UK 8 UKSkechers Women's Side Street - Core-Set Trainers (Black Blk), 7 (40 EU),Birkenstock Women''s Arizona SFB Open Toe Sandals, Grey Stone (Gris), 3.5 UK,Beige PUMA Sneakers PUMA X TC BASKET NUBUCK,Sartoria Italiana Boots - Men Sartoria Italiana Boots online on United Kingdom - 11500255BJ,Why Not? Ankle Boot - Women Why Not? Ankle Boots online on Australia - 11498904QC,Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats - Women Pretty Ballerinas Ballet Flats online on Canada - 11536168AS,Roberto Del Carlo Boots - Women Roberto Del Carlo Boots online on United Kingdom - 11513067TL,Clarks Men's Nature IV Trainers, Green (Khaki Combi-), 9 UK 9 UK,FIND Women's Demi Ankle Strap Heels Brown (Nude) 7 UK (40 EU),Geox Donna Charlene, Women's Loafers, Blue (Navy), 4 UK (37 EU),Skechers Women's 15601 Trainers, Grey (Charcoal), 6 UK 39 EU,

"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

Comments

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. This should only take a few moments.
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.
Pikolinos Women's Mojacar W7r Ankle Strap Sandals, Brown (Brandy), 8 UK,
Brawn's Boots - Men Brawn's Boots online on United Kingdom - 11528822SS,
Vans Ua Old Skool - Sneakers - Men Vans Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11313815XV,
Fiorangelo Boots - Women Fiorangelo Boots online on United Kingdom - 11510696EK,