Thank you for joining us for a special conversation about diversity in sports with Arizona Coyotes President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez and former NHL player and current NHL on NBC studio analyst Anson Carter on Friday, February 19.
Black History in Hockey
Willie O'Ree became the first black player to skate in a National Hockey League game. He played 45 games in the NHL and then 22 years of minor league hockey. Now, 63 years after Willie broke the NHL's color barrier, a grassroots movement led to Willie being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
In this time of social justice reform, Willie's O'Ree's message is more important than ever - his work is not done. The NHL, Classroom Champions, and the inspirational people behind the WILLIE documentary have resources to continue this important conversation around social justice and racism. You can be a part of the conversation too and learn from Willie's legacy.
Every home game in the month of February, the Coyotes will be supporting a local black-owned restaurant. The Coyotes will cater the staff's pregame meal from the restaurant and then highlight the restaurant on our social media accounts. Follow the Arizona Coyotes on social here: https://www.nhl.com/coyotes/fans/socialhub.
For a full list of Black-Owned Businesses in the Phoenix area, please check out the map below.