NHL Alumni - Breakaway Promo Video

Sep 2015

Life after hockey with Kypreos, Hirsch and Armstrong


The BreakAway Program, formerly known as the Life After Hockey Program, is supported and funded by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). The BreakAway Program is administered by the NHL Alumni Association, and will work in conjunction with the Ted Rogers School of Management in the development of customized programs, courses and career services for current and former NHL players.

The Ted Rogers School of Management is Canada’s largest undergraduate management school and offers a diverse range of business courses that can be completed on a flexible schedule, both in-class and online. With a strong career-focus and an accessible Toronto location, the school is the perfect educational partner for the BreakAway Program.

“The BreakAway Program will give all current and former players the opportunity to work with one of the top schools in North America that truly understands the unique circumstances of professional athletes,” commented Pat Flatley, BreakAway Program Director. “The BreakAway Program is a credit to the innovative culture that is nurtured at the Ted Rogers School of Management . All current and former players will have the opportunity to work with experienced professionals that truly understand the unique circumstances of an NHL player.”

The goal of the NHL, NHLPA, NHL Alumni and the Ted Rogers School of Management is to ensure that the players are given every opportunity to enhance their education while playing the game and as they continue into their retirement and life following their playing days. This announcment marks a tremendous partnership with a technologically innovative school. Through the creation and use of digital modules that the players can access at anytime, the BreakAway Program will enhance learning for all players, allowing for successful achievements on every level.

“The Ted Rogers School of Management is honoured to assist current and former NHL players in making successful transitions into the business world,” said Ken Jones, Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management. “Through our professional, relevant and career-ready programs that integrate theory with practice, we can engage and facilitate players affirming their success on and off the ice.”

For further information or to discuss any matters, please contact Wendy McCreary at the NHL Alumni office.

Our Team


Pat Flatley

Breakaway Director

Wendy McCreary

Breakaway Director

Marla Spergel

M.A. - Education Liason

Dr. Brian Shaw

Ph.D., C.Psych

Dr. David Lewis

Dr. Shaw Counselling Team

Dan Cronin

Dr. Shaw Counselling Team

Andrew Galloway

Dr. Shaw Counselling Team