Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/17/05 at 11:35 AM ET
Many players find it hard to cope with retirement: some 70 former players currently seek help from the NHL Emergency Assistance Fund, 70% end up divorced after retirement, and others struggle with alcohol, drugs and gambling. By creating new programs to help players ease into retirement, the NHL is hoping for success stories off the ice. How do you help a bunch of retired 40-year-olds enter the world of business, after having had someone tell them what to do their whole lives? After all, less than 30% have taken university-level courses. The time pro athletes put into training to stay competitive leaves little time for anything else--even during the off-season. These guys may be talented on the ice, but what marketable skills can they offer outside the arena?
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