In celebration of Black History Month 2020 the National Hockey League (NHL) announced Thursday the return of the NHL Black Hockey History Tour presented by American Legacy for a second season. The Black History Month celebration is part of Hockey Is For Everyone, a joint NHL and NHLPA initiative that has celebrated diversity and inclusion in hockey since 1996.
This uniquely curated mobile museum will visit 14 NHL cities across North America to celebrate today's stars, while also looking back at the pioneers and trailblazers who helped shape NHL history.
The museum will be parked at two separate locations for Arizona Coyotes fans to see and visit on March 15 & 16:
- Sunday, March 15: Tempe Marketplace (2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe) -- 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
- Monday, March 16: Gila River Arena (Arizona Coyotes vs. Dallas Stars) -- 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
*NOTE: During the museum's visit to Tempe Marketplace on Sunday, March 15, fans will have the opportunity to play street hockey from 9-10 AM with Howler, NWHL player Kaliya Johnson and ASU Men's D1 player Dominic Garcia.
This year's museum has been refreshed and redesigned offering fans a new experience as they learn about some of the biggest moments, milestones, and playmakers in hockey. The museum will travel to schools, community rinks and NHL arenas, incorporating unique programming at each stop. A few museum highlights include:
- Firsts and milestones: an entire wall dedicated to celebrating achievements in black hockey history including the first black NHL player, first captain, and first inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
- Every black player in NHL history: every player in history will be represented throughout the museum, including via a uniquely designed 'Wall of Pucks.'
- Team locker room: every stop will have a customized NHL locker room giving fans the opportunity to sit in a stall to take a photo.
"The NHL has a rich history of black and other minority players who have helped shape the game and create memories for fans worldwide," said Kim Davis, NHL Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs. "We're proud to share and bring these stories of trailblazers, from Willie O'Ree to today's superstars, directly to fans in NHL cities coast-to-coast-to-coast."
NHL Diversity and Hockey Is For Everyone ambassador Willie O'Ree will make a special appearance at select tour stops. Since 1998, O'Ree - the first Black player ever to play in the NHL - has established 39 local grassroots hockey programs, traveling to more than 500 schools, community centers and rinks to share his inspiring story and the values hockey teaches: perseverance, teamwork, and dedication. Today, there are 26 Hockey Is For Everyone youth hockey programs serving 10,000 kids across North America each year. Hockey Is For Everyone is a year-round campaign with League, Club, and player participation.
An up-to-date list of locations and tour stops open to the public is available at NHL.com/BlackHockeyHistory. To join the conversation, fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #BlackHockeyHistory.