The NHL and NHL Players’ Association are teaming up to aid the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. On Wednesday, the sides announced a joint donation to the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity organizations to support aid in Houston and its surrounding areas affected by this hurricane.
The league and the players’ union will donate $200,000 total to these organizations to help the cause, and the donations will be split equally, with $100K going to Habitat and another $100K to the Red Cross.
These donations follow other sports leagues’ contributions. The NFL, NBA and MLB have combined to pledge $3 million to the Red Cross, United Way and Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Those leagues also have a team in Houston, but the NHL does not. While the Dallas Stars represent the NHL in Texas, Houston has never had an NHL team. However, a former American Hockey League outfit — the Houston Aeros — operated there as recently as 2013.
Hurricane Harvey is the first Category 3 storm to hit U.S. land since 2005. It’s displaced more than 30,000 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, and surrounding areas.
Countless athletes and teams have joined the fight. Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander donated $10 million to the fund, and Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk pledged $1 million. Houston Astros owner Jim Crane authorized a $4 million pledge from the team’s ownership group and its foundation. J.J. Watt has led athletes’ donation charge, with his fund surpassing $7 million, while players like Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir ($130,000 donation), Chris Paul ($50,000) and others have also gotten into the act.