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Goodwill, The City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Hockey League partner to make hockey more accessible.

June 21, 2011

TORONTO (Monday June 20, 2011) - Making hockey, Canada’s national sport, accessible to more families in Toronto is the goal of the Hockey ReUse Equipment Bank, the partnership between Goodwill, The City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL).

Throughout the summer, Goodwill will be accepting hockey equipment at 9 Goodwill locations in Toronto. Goodwill’s goal is to collect equipment that can then be resold at affordable prices at Goodwill’s Hockey ReUse Equipment Bank at 350 Progress Avenue in Scarborough. The Hockey ReUse Equipment Bank is slated to open early September prior to the 2011 – 2012 hockey season.

In June 2010, the Task Force on the State of Hockey in Scarborough released a report outlining ten recommendations to help make hockey a second language for Scarborough's growing population of new multi-ethnic Canadian families. Among the recommendations is the establishment of a hockey equipment bank that will provide very affordable, used hockey equipment for purchase. The premise of the bank is that access to safe and affordable equipment is the first step in getting kids involved.

“As a life-long hockey player and hockey fan, l want to do whatever l can to help ensure that all kids have access to the sport, be it at recreational level, house league or competitive level. The Hockey Bank is the first step in making this happen.” Says Councillor Michael Thompson, City of Toronto.
All equipment will be cleaned using FRESH GEAR’s chemical-free dry Cleaning Machine. Fresh Gear is the official supplier to Hockey Canada.

“Fresh Gear’s goal since 2005 is to keep athletes safe by ensuring that the gear intended to protect them is not a source of harm.” says Mike Antinozzi, President and Founder of Fresh Gear
“The first step is getting hockey equipment. Then they’re in the game! The Hockey ReUse Equipment Bank is the place to get geared up at affordable prices.” says Moe Rutherford, Goodwill’s Hockey Project Coordinator.

To donate, go to to find a list of Toronto Goodwill locations that will accept your donated hockey equipment.

Store Locations

*Islington Goodwill store
4975 Dundas Street West

*Goodwill Community ReUse Centre
350 Progress Ave

*Islington South Goodwill Store
871 Islington Ave

*Goodwill Community Donation Centre Toronto
231 Richmond Street

*Roncesvalles Goodwill Store
28 Roncesvalles Ave

*Overlea Goodwill Store
60 Overlea Blvd
North York

*St Clair Goodwill Store
585 St Clair Ave W

*Eastown Goodwill Store
2642 Eglinton Ave East

*Dufferin Goodwill Store
3302 Dufferin St
North York

About Goodwill

Since 1935, Goodwill’s mission is to create work opportunities and skills development for people facing barriers to employment, including persons with disabilities, youth at risk, the chronically unemployed, Aboriginal people and newcomers to Canada. Our Community Stores resell a wide variety of donated goods for reuse, the revenues from which create jobs at Goodwill, giving people much-needed paid jobs.

About the GTHL

Founded in 1911, the Greater Toronto Hockey League is a non-profit organization and is the largest amateur minor hockey league in the World. There are more than 40,000 participants registered annually in the GTHL. GTHL jurisdiction includes the City of Toronto, City of Vaughan, City of Mississauga and the Town of Markham and includes players ranging from the ages of 4 – 20. The GTHL is a proud member of the Ontario Hockey Federation and Hockey Canada.

About Freshgear

Fresh Gear is delighted to support the "Your Donation Gets Everyone In The Game" program along with Goodwill and the GTHL. Helping kids of all ages and backgrounds to experience the excitement of playing hockey is very rewarding.

Our goal since we began in 2005, is to keep athletes safe by ensuring that the gear intended to protect them is not a source of harm. The Fresh Gear process kills harmful bacteria and leaves your gear smelling great. Fresh Gear chemical-free dry cleaning machines are used by serious professionals at all levels, including the NHL, Canadian Government and is proud to be named the Official Supplier to Hockey Canada.

There over 130 cleaning service locations across Canada and the USA. Go to to find the one near you.

For more information contact:
Ross Marin
Marin Media Group
Phone: 905-660-6655

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