Stories of the year: The rise of the Hockey Diversity Alliance and BLM’s impact on the NHL

June 8th, 2020 marked the formation of the Hockey Diversity Alliance. Spearheaded by an executive committee of seven current and former NHL players with Akim Aliu and Evander Kane at the forefront. It is the HDA’s mission to eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey. It will be a long and difficult process, but they are well on their way. 
 
Since their formation they have shown that meaningful change in hockey is the most important to them.

Let’s create sustainable change on every level within hockey.
We will educate and encourage accountability from our leagues and leaders. At the grassroots level, we will work to ensure hockey is accessible to anyone who loves the game.#ISupportHDA | https://t.co/zBFO5GjauA pic.twitter.com/rH2h8QImey
— Hockey Diversity Alliance (@TheOfficialHDA) August 11, 2020

 
Access and opportunity is just one place to begin.

Former Canadian NHL hockey player Akim Aliu helped to establish a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) hockey team that played in a recent tournament in Etobicoke. Read more: https://t.co/i1YLEeM8tS pic.twitter.com/yl6kPQBFRz
— CBC Toronto (@CBCToronto) September 15, 2020

 
Then the focus moves to the opposite end of the spectrum where the onus falls …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

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