What social causes are most important to you?
Number one is trying to be environmentally responsible both in my private and public life. Professionally, I started the NHL Players Association "Carbon Neutral Challenge" which last year saw 523 NHL players go carbon neutral for their season of air travel by buying gold standard carbon credits as advised by the David Suzuki Foundation. In my private life my family tries to incorporate as many responsible practices as possible including biking instead of driving, only supporting organic and local food when possible, and making smarter consumer choices by using less and buying from responsible companies.
What charities do you support – and how? I support The David Suzuki Foundation, 350.org, and Greenpeace and their environmental goals. I also support Right To Play as an athlete ambassador by raising/giving money, recruiting other athletes and by traveling to Africa to visit their projects. Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in the most disadvantaged areas of the world.
Why do you have a passion for one in particular, is there a personal tie? My passion is to leave the Earth a better place for both my kids and their peers. I firmly believe it is about respect. I have respect for future generations and to continue to pollute our Earth and oceans is the ultimate sign of disrespect.
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? If you can go home at night and honestly look at yourself in the mirror and say that you are doing your part to make this a better place than what you found it than that is great, if not, get off your ass and get passionate about something positive.
How would you define social responsibility? We are good at telling our kids this but somehow forget to do it ourselves. "Treat others the way you would like to be treated by them."