The Ice Hockey Players Benevolent Fund
(IHPBF) has made a number of grants to ice hockey
players since it was founded in 1996.
Some of those players include ...
Karl Rogers - a semi-pro player, Karl was involved in an accident
on the ice in November 2000 when he was struck in the eye by a puck while
playing for the Chelmsford Chieftains. The damage caused was extensive and
to this day he still only has 30 per cent vision in that eye. Karl's biggest
problem was that he was a self-employed electrician and unable to work for
about 12 weeks. His club had insured him but this only covered his ice
hockey income until the end of the season and the insurance took about eight
weeks to pay out. The Fund was able to step in and give Karl and his family
financial support immediately. Karl had to retire from playing.
Marc Twaite - in December 2002 Mark had an accident in training just
after he had joined the Sheffield Steelers. The accident broke his collar
bone and bone fragments were pushed near his throat - he needed an
operation to remove the fragments. Unfortunately Marc had not been insured
by his new club so he had no income at all and was unable to work due to his
injury. IHPBF were able to step in and give him financial aid.
Ryan Stewart - Ryan started playing in 2002 for the Manchester Storm
and with the club's early season demise he stayed over here in the hope that
he would be able to pick up a new club. During this time he was living off
his savings as he and his team-mates had not been paid for five weeks.
Unfortunately, he suffered appendicitis and had to undergo an emergency
operation. After the operation he decided to go back home to Canada with his
girlfriend to recuperate at his parents' home. When he was told that he
would not be allowed to fly home for two weeks, as his savings had run out,
the Fund were able to step in and provide him with financial support.