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Michigan native and national hockey league (NHL) champion, Justin Abdelkader, has partnered with Milk Means More, (United Dairy Industry of Michigan). As an athlete and proud new dad, Justin knows the importance of good nutrition to fuel his star performance and to help all kids grow and thrive.

“When I train and compete, I expend a lot of energy on the ice and in the weight room and I need something to help recover properly and better prepare me for my next workout,” say Justin. “With the right balance of protein and carbohydrate to repair and refuel, chocolate milk has scientifically proven results. But it is part of my plan because it is delicious.”

Abdelkader is partnering with Milk Means More to promote dairy and good nutrition to schools and student-athletes throughout Michigan. “Everyone knows my passion is reading, and kids cannot learn without good nutrition. Partnering these two messages just makes sense.”

“We are proud to work with an athlete of Justin’s caliber in the promotion of Michigan dairy,” says Sharon Toth, Executive Director of UDIM. “He shares the values of our dairy values of working hard, staying in school, eating right and the importance of family.”

Milk Means More shares the message about the benefits of milk with local community organizations, schools and hockey fans at the USA Hockey Arena Milk and Cookies Night in Plymouth Township.

About Justin Abdelkader

Justin Abdelkader is an American ice hockey left wing and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Justin has played for the Detroit Red Wings his entire professional career after being drafted by the organization in 2005, and recently scored his 100th career goal. He and his wife, Julie, support Abby’s All Stars: Red Wings for Reading program, and are passionate advocates for healthy lifestyles and continuing education. Justin is a Michigan native and Michigan State University Alumni. Abdelkader published his first children’s book, Shoot for the Goal – The Justin Abdelkader Story, in 2018.

About UDIM

The United Dairy Industry of Michigan is the umbrella organization for the Dairy Council of Michigan and the American Dairy Association of Michigan. On behalf of Michigan’s dairy farm families, these non-profit organizations provide science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. For more information, visit