It may be tough to look at anyone involved in the NHL mere months after a lockout over (a lot) of money and think of the word charity. Despite the business end of the game going south once every six or seven years, the hearts of many of the game's players do anything but.
I think just about every player that garners top-six minutes as a forward, top-four minutes as a defender or starts at least three games in goal as a netminder has a charity golf tourney over the summer. I also think that these guys use golf for the same reasons us "normal" folks do, except they get to drink and yell "fore!" for a cause.
While I appreciate all those outings, it seems like some guys take things a bit further. Scott Hartnell with the #hartnelldown idea is a classic example of a guy taking on a unique way to help those who are less fortunate.
While the lockout was awful to endure, there was a silver lining in that so many players were able to donate more time than they would have otherwise been unable to. According to the NHLPA's website, the locked-out players earned more than $1.8 million dollars for various charities through multiple events and appearances.
Hey, that's only a few hundred thousand dollars away from being the average yearly salary for one player in the NHL! But I digress.
Several other guys around the league have found unique ways to raise money for causes they believe in. Here's a look at a few of the best ideas from around the NHL.
Researching this was honestly a little odd because I feel like a lot of the fundraising events garner attention locally but maybe not so much nationally. So I leave the door wide open to you, darling audience—tell me about the charitable actions that I didn't read about. Tell me some stories.