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Hockey Culture: Darnell Nurse shares instances of racism in minor hockey

NBC Sports has launched Hockey Culture, a multi-platform content offering dedicated to bringing equality and inclusion to hockey. Led by NBC Sports NHL analyst Anson Carter, Hockey Culture will address contemporary topics within the sport, aim to promote diversity around the game and on the ice, and increase community engagement with hockey.

On this week’s episode of Hockey Culture, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse talks with Anson Carter about instances of racism that he experienced while in minor hockey, and the diversity on the Edmonton roster. The two also discuss Nurse’s youth hockey career and leaving home to play junior hockey in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Nurse also talked about what he’s learned from the other professional athletes in his family like his dad, a former Canadian Football League wide receiver Richard Nurse; his uncle, former National Football League quarterback Donovan McNabb; his sister, Kia, who plays for the WNBA’s New York Liberty; and his cousin, Sarah, who is an Olympic medalist with the Canadian national women’s hockey team.

Upcoming episodes will feature Tarik El-Bashir (Washington Capitals beat writer), Eustace King (Black NHL player agent), Kelsey Koelzer (the first Black female NCAA hockey coach), Harnarayan Singh (Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi), and more.

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