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NHL launches initiatives to fight racism

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On Thursday, the NHL announced several anti-racism initiatives, as well as efforts to promote inclusion.

Among the extensive efforts the league will be taking, the NHL and the NHLPA are planning mandatory inclusion and diversity training for all NHL players, which will be conducted during training camp and the first part of the 2020-21 season. NHLPA staff will receive the same inclusion and diversity training as the players do. All league employees will participate in an inclusion learning experience as well.

The NHL and NHLPA will also work together with the Hockey Diversity Alliance to establish and oversee a first-of-its-kind grassroots hockey development program that will provide mentorship and skill development for BIPOC boys and girls in the Greater Toronto Area. There are plans for a similar program in the US.

More joint efforts from the NHL and NHLPA include: developing and launching the NHL Hotline to report unethical behavior and "significant" investments being made through the NHL/NHLPA Industry Growth Fund to help grow youth hockey in communities of color. Additionally, the NHL has pledged financial support to the Center for Justice Research’s student research projects specifically related to improving the criminal justice system.

The league is also trying to establish a collaboration with Ariel Investments in hopes to build a more diverse business pipeline and identify strategies to engage more minority-owned organizations with the NHL office and clubs.

Among those slated by the NHL to help bring about cultural change, 2013 Stanley Cup champ with the Blackhawks Jamal Mayers is on the Player Inclusion Committee and Pete Hassen, a chief marketing officer with the Hawks, is on the Fan Inclusion Committee of the league's Executive Inclusion Council.

 
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