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Capitals Announce Initiatives in Honor of Black History Month

Caps to host Black Hockey History Museum Feb 25-27; NHL Legend Willie O'Ree to participate in ceremonial puck drop during Black History in Hockey Theme Night Feb 26

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The Washington Capitals announced initiatives in honor of Black History Month, including a mobile museum and Black History in Hockey theme night.

NHL Presents Black Hockey History Tour

The Washington Capitals and Embassy of Canada will host the National Hockey League's Black Hockey History Tour, a uniquely curated mobile museum, at the Embassy from Feb. 25-27.

The 525-square foot museum, presented by American Legacy, presents 200 years of black achievement in hockey. Exhibits feature the founders, trail blazers, history makers, and Stanley Cup champions and also look ahead to the next generation of young stars, NHL Officials, broadcasters, and women in the game.

The museum will be open daily to the general public from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with several additional group visits facilitated by the Capitals.      

While touring the mobile museum, guests are also invited to visit the Embassy Art Gallery. The gallery is currently featuring The 100 Greatest NHL Players, an NHL collection of portraits by Tony Harris honoring one hundred years of NHL hockey.

Black History in Hockey Theme Night

As part of the Capitals' Black History in Hockey theme night on Tuesday, Feb. 26, versus the Ottawa Senators, Civil rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis and NHL legend Willie O'Ree will participate in a ceremonial puck drop.

Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress.

O'Ree was the first black hockey player in the NHL, making his debut on Jan. 18, 1958, as a member of the Boston Bruins organization. O'Ree was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018 in the Builders category.

The evening will also honor diversity and inclusion in hockey with tributes throughout the game.


The Black History Month celebration is part of Hockey Is For Everyone™, a joint NHL and NHLPA initiative celebrating diversity and inclusion in hockey. New this season, the Hockey Is For Everyone initiative has expanded from one month to year-round with NHLPA, NHL, Club and player participation. For more information, visit

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