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Hockey is for Everyone is a part of the NHL Foundation, the National Hockey League’s charitable and community relations organization, and a major component of the League’s youth hockey programming.

Hockey is for Everyone provides support and unique programming to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children, of all backgrounds, opportunities to play hockey. Since its inception, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed more than 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences.

O'Ree a hockey pioneer
Willie O'Ree, the NHL's first black player, was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1935, the son of a city civil engineer and a member of one of only two black families in the city. He was one of 13 children, including twins who died in infancy. ...more

O'Ree's first goal a beauty
This year is the anniversary of two significant advances for minority players in the NHL and both involve Willie O’Ree. Forty-seven years ago, O’Ree became the first black player in NHL history to score a goal. ...more

Echoes in the Rink:
The Willie O'Ree Story

Along with behind-the-scenes interviews with Bruins players, Echoes in the Rink features archival film footage of O'Ree on ice and talking with TV commentators. It even includes home movies of young Willie practicing for the NHL on a backyard rink at a local arena. ...more

NHL Ambassador Willie O'Ree celebrated:
Sights and Sounds
(Video & Podcasts)
(The following NHL-sanctioned youth programs provide support to boys and girls of all ages and afford them the opportunity to play hockey. To learn more about a program in your community, click on the program name.)
Ahuntsic Braves Association, Inc.
Montreal, PQ
Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Diversity Program Chicago, IL
Art Dorrington Ice Hockey Foundation Atlantic City, NJ
Clark Park Coalition Hockey Detroit, MI
Columbus Ice Hockey Club Columbus, OH
Detroit Hockey Association Detroit, MI
DinoMights Minneapolis, MN
Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation Phildelphia, PA
Evanston Youth Hockey Association Evanston, IL
Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club Washington, DC
Hasek's Heroes Buffalo, NY
HEROS Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver
Hockey in the Hood Pittsburgh, PA
Hockey in Newark Newark, NJ
Ice Hockey in Harlem New York, NY
Mt. Vernon Hockey Club Mt. Vernon, NY
NJ Goals Ahead Summit, NJ
Shaka I.C.E. Denver, CO
Sharks Ice-Oakland Oakland, CA
Santa Fe Youth Hockey Santa Fe, NM
S.C.O.R.E Boston Boston, MA
Genesee Valley Youth Hockey Club Rochester, NY
Wasilla Outdoor Youth Hockey Wasilla, AK

Quote of the Day

[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.

— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
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