NHL to Celebrate Black History Month for 1st Time

There are roughly 20 black players currently on NHL rosters, though one representative said there is strong minority representation at youth levels.

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The NHL will celebrate Black History Month for the first time, shifting its focus in February from its wide-ranging “Hockey Is For Everyone” campaign to emphasize racial diversity in the sport. The league and NHL Players’ Association will announce the joint initiative Friday morning. It includes a traveling mobile museum devoted to the history of minorities in hockey predating Willie O’Ree breaking the color barrier in 1958 and going up to the present day. The…

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