March 11, 2021: The NHL Alumni Association (NHLAA) held its Board of Directors and Chapter Presidents’ Annual General Meeting virtually on Thursday, March 11th, 2021. We are pleased to welcome Adam Graves, Alexander Steen and Jamal Mayers as the newest additions to the NHLAA’s Board of Directors. With a total of four Stanley Cups and over 3,000 games played between them, Adam, Alex and Jamal bring a tremendous amount of experience and leadership to our organization. Stepping down from the Board of Directors are Wayne McBean and Mark Janssens who held the positions of Chairman and Treasurer for the past three years. We thank Wayne and Mark for their service, dedication and contributions to the growth of the NHLAA and wish them all the best.
Over the past several years the NHLAA has aimed to build an organization that honours the players who laid the foundation for the game we love today. This is the ‘House We Built’ and let’s continue to build, together, as one team.
NHL Alumni Association Board of Directors:
Alexander Steen began his NHL career on Oct. 5th, 2005, taking to the ice as a Toronto Maple Leaf to face the Ottawa Senators. Following in the footsteps of his father, Jets’ icon Thomas Steen, this game would mark the first step of a 15-season NHL career that spanned 1018 games, 245 goals, 377 assists, and 622 points. After spending his first three full seasons with the Leafs, Steen would be traded to the St. Louis Blues in November of 2008. Steen played 12 seasons with the Blues establishing himself as a great player, but also a leader and mentor to his teammates off the ice. On June 12th, 2019, Steen’s hard work and dedication would pay off when the St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 to bring home the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Championship. In his retirement, Steen has become an active member of the NHL Alumni Association and we are honoured to have him play a larger role within our organization.
On June 24th, 2013, Jamal Mayers and the Chicago Blackhawks hoisted the Stanley Cup as Champions. For Jamal, this moment was an exclamation point on a career that spanned 15 seasons, five teams and 915 games played. Growing up in a single-parent household in Toronto, Mayers quickly learned the value of hard work, sacrifice and giving back to the community. In his retirement, Jamal has dedicated himself to promoting inclusion and diversity in hockey through his work with numerous hockey development programs including the Chicago Blackhawks’ ‘Get Out And Learn’ (GOAL) initiative. GOAL works with local schools and community centres to introduce hockey at the grassroots level to kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to try the sport. Most recently, Mayers published his first children’s book ‘Hockey Is For Me’ which aims to teach children of all backgrounds that hockey is indeed for everyone. In addition to pursuing a career as a broadcaster and analyst with NBC Sports Chicago, Jamal is a prominent figure within the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks NHL Alumni Chapters and brings a wealth of experience to our NHL Alumni organization.
Let’s all give a warm welcome to our new Board of Directors.