NHL to mark Black History Month for first time with special initiatives, museum tour

first_imgThe NHL and NHLPA this year will celebrate Black History Month for the first time, marking February as part of the league and union’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” initiative, they announced Friday.“The players are committed to inclusion in the sport and happy to see ‘Hockey Is For Everyone’ expand as a year-long initiative,” Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said in a statement. “As a (Hockey Is For Everyone) ambassador, I know that important conversations and perspectives will be shared as part of the Black History Month celebration, with the goal of creating a welcoming environment while promoting the continued diversity of players and fans.” Antoine Vermette, 36, retires after 14-season NHL career The tour will make stops in cities tied to partner NHL teams: the Rangers (Saturday), Devils (Tuesday and Wednesday), Predators (Feb. 9-10), Lightning (Feb. 14-16), Flyers (Feb. 23-24 for the Stadium Series game against the Penguins) and Capitals (Feb. 25-27). The NHL and players union will highlight stories of players and pioneers throughout the month online, on social media and with specialty programming on NHL Network.The NHL will present for the first time the American Legacy Black Hockey History Tour, a mobile museum that will visit six U.S. cities this month with displays that look back on founders, trail blazers, history-makers, and Stanley Cup champions and looks ahead to the next generation of young stars, NHL officials, broadcasters and women in the game. Related News “Since 1958, when Willie O’Ree first paved the way for black hockey players in the NHL, our sport has seen an upward trend both on and off the ice, but there is still room to grow,” NHL executive VP Kim Davis said.As part of the Stadium Series weekend in Philadelphia, the Flyers will host more than 100 kids and coaches from “Hockey Is For Everyone” programs across North America for the annual Willie O’Ree Skills Weekend.For more on the NHL and NHLPA’s Black History Month initiative, click here.last_img

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