“We have established a group of player ambassadors with our co-founders Keith and Wayne Primeau to help deliver our message to the masses. We are just getting started, and our specific mandate is to create a sport-wide consortium for change. We are not denouncing sport but are wanting to make it better. Our platform is not about taking fighting, and hitting, out of hockey, just help bring in safe principles and establish respect back into sports. We want to protect our future brains!”
– Kerry Goulet
Ambassadors are an integral part of moving our cause forward. As a collective team, we can speed up the process to change the mindset, not the games we play.
The main goal of Stopconcussions is to work in alliance with the Shoot for a Cure Campaign to help raise the awareness of neurotrauma in sport and the impact of putting players at risk and putting them back into the game too early.
With the increase in concussions and neurotrauma injuries in sports today, we have created a platform to educate parents, players and coaches on the cause, effect, consequences and management of these types of injuries in all sports.
Ron Ellis played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs and won a Stanley Cup in ’67. He is also a member of Team Canada ’72 and is on the advisory board of StopConcussions.
Zenon Konopka made his NHL debut with Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2005-06. In 2007 the Ducks traded Konopka to the Columbus Blue, where he lead the league with 265 penalty minutes. Konopka also played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres.
Dave Hanson, a 10 year professional hockey player and an iconic Hanson Brother from the cult-classic movie Slap Shot, has been a supporter of StopConcussions and has participated in helping raise awareness about the program by participating in events in Germany and North America.
A 2009 graduate of the prestigious Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, he recently retired from a 7 year professional hockey career in the NHL, AHL and Europe. As a valuable member of StopConcussions, Christian Hanson functions as Director of Player Relations and works alongside former NHL players and ambassadors of Stopconcussions to help make a difference in the lives of all past, present and future hockey players.
Christian will also be involved with new business development as well as working to secure new sponsorships and events. He is working out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will travel extensively throughout North America on behalf of Stopconcussions Canada and USA.
A 16 year veteran of the NHL, Hannan announced his retirement on February 24, 2016. Scott Hannan most notably known for his role with the San Jose Sharks; also played with Colorado, Washington, Calgary and Nashville.
Left-winger Pat Graham was a part-time player with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs in the early 80s. The Toronto native played junior B with the St. Michael’s Buzzers before enjoying a fine OHA career with the Toronto Marlboros and Niagara Falls Flyers.
Paul Rosen played on amateur hockey teams during his teens and 20s. He sustained a leg injury during a hockey game as a youth. The resulting damage, infections and pain to his leg plagued him for years until his lower leg was amputated at age 39. Rosen mastered the game of sledge hockey, becoming goalie for Canada’s national team from 2000 until he retired just after the Vancouver Paralympics in 2010, at age 50. He was a member of the 2006 Gold medal sledge hockey team, and was in 3 Paralympics, and five world championships. Rosen reports that he suffered 9 concussions during his professional career. Currently, Rosen is a motivational speaker and leading Ambassador for StopConcussions.
Adam Bennett is a former NHL defence man and coach. He was selected in the first round of the in 1989 and was taken 6th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks. He is a big advocate for safety in sport and has been a tremendous asset as an ambassador for Stopconcussions as he has dealt with his personal concussions and his daughter in sport.
After a lengthy minor hockey career with the AAA Vaughan Kings of the GTHL, Jim Vitale moved on to play Tier 2 Jr. A for both the Markham Waxers and the Vaughan Vipers. He completed his playing career with the Queens Golden Gaels and began coaching in 1999. Since then he has had many successful coaching positions from minor hockey to the national level.
Drafted by Minnesota Wild 2001 Chris Heid looks back on a 11-year professional hockey career in the AHL, DEL and DEL2. After he had to end his career after his fifth concussion in 2013, he is now a trained mental coach by the University of Salzburg in cooperation with the Mental College Bregenz and helps volunteer at EV Regensburg in the Oberliga Süd in training operation.