Fergalicious Women's Heartthrob Dress Sandal,Prezioso Ankle Boot - Women Prezioso Ankle Boots online on Canada - 11491294XG,Vagabond Womens Aida 3626-140I 38 Wine 544Klflm,Skechers Women's Dreamstep - Enliven Casual ShoeNew Oxfords - LFL by Lust For Life Nico Black Leather Women - US Online,Touched SO Women's Floral T-Strap Sandals BlackOuigal Ankle Boot - Women Ouigal Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11288218RMSteve Madden Mens Bossed Black 390Wstzs,Steve Madden Salene Block Heel Bootie,Puma Kids Suede Classic Badge (Toddler),Saint Laurent Ankle Boot - Women Saint Laurent Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11477296VTMiu Miu Ankle Boot - Women Miu Miu Ankle Boots online on Australia - 11165908ML,New Balance W680BP2 Running Women's Shoes Size,U.S. Polo Assn. Womens Priscila9X Black Wash 497Tmzap,Men/Women：Sam Edelman Gracie ：Modern Design,Ladies Shoes Repair High Heel Tips Tap Pin Lift Stiletto Dowel 17mmx17mm PairManas Ankle Boot - Women Manas Ankle Boots online on Canada - 11043354OP,Womens I35 Galle8 Ballet Flats, PetalTony Lama Western Boot Womens Sarai Leather Sq Toe 10 B Black VF3050,Men's/Women's：Adrianna Papell Georgi ：Special Purchase,Man's/Woman's < NIKE Buty Do Koszykówki Kyrie 4 < Quality SuperiorDiesel Women's D-Kinley Black Boot 6MVince Kiles High-Top Sneaker (Women),Men's/Women's：adidas Golf Crossknit 2.0：Sale PriceSLM Women's Slip On Canvas Mules Flats,Nero Giardini Ankle Boot - Women Nero Giardini Ankle Boots online on Australia - 11226309RX,Nike LD Runner LW SE,Mr/Ms： NIKE Buty Męskie Nike Classic Cortez ID： speed logistics grab,Men's/Women's：502301： To make the most of materials,New collection Trainers - New Balance WL373 - Trainers Blue Women - US Online,
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.
New collection High Heels - Kanna EVITA - Platform heels Women Gris - US Online,Maison Margiela Ankle Boot - Women Maison Margiela Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11213762WN,Ovye' By Cristina Lucchi Ankle Boot - Women Ovye' By Cristina Lucchi Ankle Boots online on Australia - 11456649QJ,Sandro Ferrone Ankle Boot - Women Sandro Ferrone Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11472361XU,Under Armour UA Speedfit Hike Low -Gentleman/Lady-Quality Assurance,Sperry Top-Sider Seacoast Womens Charcoal SneakersOnline Sale Easy Street Chiffon Women's Dress Heels WhiteSoludos Embroidered Slide Flat Sandal,Men's/Women's：CHIE MIHARA POIDS：explosive power good,Marni Ankle Boot - Women Marni Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11488010AA,Philipp Plein Ankle Boot - Women Philipp Plein Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11315723HU,Schutz Velina Open Toe Mule/Man's/Woman's/ Features,Man's/Woman's ： NIKE Buty Do Biegania Dla Dużych Dzieci Nike Free RN 2018 ID ： To welcome,Womens Fashion Star Sequins Flip-Flop Thong Beach Sandals - 5 / Silver,New collection Sport Shoes - Reebok TRIPLEHALL 6.0 - Neutral running shoes Men White/Navy/Skull Grey - US Online,Rachel Shoes Mae Fisherman Sandal (Toddler)Men's/Women's：Aerosoles Midsummer ：Not so expensiveMoma Ankle Boot - Women Moma Ankle Boots online on Canada - 11508225RTPuro Individual Secret Ankle Boot - Women Puro Individual Secret Ankle Boots online on Canada - 11507870MJSeychelles Mountain Slingback Flat (Women)：Men's/Women's：Mouth,Gentlemen/Ladies-NIKE Buty Dla Dużych Dzieci Nike Tanjun-New Market,Shopping Boots & Booties - Chinese Laundry South Coast Black Women - US OnlineNew season Sport Shoes - Women Grunland P0869 Sneakers Blu - US Online,Sam Edelman Jeni Satin SandalMen/Women：Sperry Captain's CVO ： Good textureNr Rapisardi Ankle Boot - Women Nr Rapisardi Ankle Boots online on Canada - 11504889FP,Rodolphe Menudier Ankle Boot - Women Rodolphe Menudier Ankle Boots online on Canada - 11331129UV,Nike Air Max Motion Low SE ：Gentleman/Lady： Attractive fashion,Ariat Heritage Roughstock Square Toe Leather Western Boot,Shopping Trainers - New Balance U420 W - Trainers Beige Women - US Online,
"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