The NHL will celebrate Black History Month for the very first time, altering its focus in February from the wide-ranging”Hockey Is For Everyone” campaign to highlight racial diversity in the sport.
The league and NHL Players’ Association will announce the joint initiative Friday morning. It features a travel mobile museum specialized in minorities in hockey’s history predating Willie and moving up for this moment. The museum will debut outside Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday.
As part of the,”Hockey Is For Everyone” is expanding to yearlong. March will be gender-equality month, and the plan is to incorporate season to acknowledgement of tradition and First Nations.
There are roughly 20 black players currently on NHL rosters, though vice president of legislative affairs Kim Davis, growth initiatives and societal impact said there is strong minority representation in childhood levels.
“I feel that a focus like this during Black History Month will support those many kids of color which can be playing our game,” Davis stated. “I think we often underestimate the forefront of talent that’s already involved in our game”
USA Hockey only recently began collecting data on player involvement by race, so it will take a while if is making inroads to reveal. Davis added that another aim is always to coach each of fans of the gifts of nonwhite players during the history of hockey.
O’Ree, who has worked as 1996 because NHL diversity ambassador and director of childhood development, said he’s proud the league is currently celebrating history and has seen advancement in kids playing hockey.
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones, one of the black stars that will soon be the subject of video specials this season, said”crucial conversations and viewpoints will be shared as a member of the Black History Month celebration”