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Slavin Featured on New Player Inclusion Committee

NHL announces initiatives to combat racism, promote culture change

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / Hurricanes.com

The National Hockey League on Tuesday announced a series of initiatives focused on combatting racism and accelerating inclusion efforts.

Helping to lead the culture change are various committees comprised of executives, players, media members, hockey organizations and more who "will each develop action-oriented solutions that positively impact the access, opportunity and experiences that underrepresented groups have in the game - and in the business - of hockey."

Among those new groups is the Player Inclusion Committee, co-chaired by P.K. Subban and Anson Carter and featuring Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin, among other current and former NHL and Women's National Team players.

Slavin, a father to an adopted Black child, recently spoke out against racial injustice.

"Listening to Black people and to the people who are actually experiencing what's going on right now is really big," he said. "The biggest thing right now is everyone just taking a look at their own heart in this matter. … That's the issue. It's a problem of the heart right now and how we look at our peers. Those conversations need to continue."

In its extensive release detailing new and continued anti-racism efforts, the league commended players who "have taken the initiative to further conversations about race, inclusion and culture change," and vowed to continue the dialogue with the Hockey Diversity Alliance as they work in tandem to usher in desired change in the game of hockey.

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