NHL, Players Unveil Series of Anti-Racism Initiatives
January 24, 2021
The NHL is seeking to become more racially inclusive after listening to former and current hockey players. The Center for Justice Research will help the NHL to reach its goals.
From the article:
The league and NHL Players' Association are planning mandatory inclusion and diversity training for all players at camp; partnering with the Hockey Diversity Alliance to launch a grassroots program for young players of color in the Toronto area; and working together on several inclusion committees aimed at encouraging diversity among executives, pro and youth players and fans.
The moves come amid mounting pressure from current and former minority players for the league to take concrete steps to address systemic racism. Colorado's Nazem Kadri, a founding member of the alliance that was formed earlier this summer, reviewed the initiatives before they were announced and believes they show progress.
“Being a part of the HDA, we tried to lay out certain policies and initiatives that affect the grassroots program and the whole education process,” Kadri said. "One of the first things we need to do is start educating the youth, the players, the staff, so it’s certainly a step in the right direction.”