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Color of Hockey: Bolden big on new stick line bearing her name

Kings pro scout, first Black woman to hold title in NHL, wants to 'pinch myself' after endorsement

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past nine years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, as part of Gender Equality Month, he profiles Blake Bolden, the NHL's first Black female pro scout, who now has a line of hockey sticks that carry her name.
 

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Dumba Hockey Without Limits Camp aims to effect change in Minnesota

Event envisioned by Wild defenseman will stress diversity, host 120 youth players

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Matt Dumba wants the future environment of hockey to be more inclusive and diverse than his own was.

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Black History Month

Black History Month essay: Rod Braceful

USA Hockey assistant director on importance of Hockey is for Everyone program

by Rod Braceful / Special to NHL.com

Editor's note: As part of the NHL celebrating Black History Month throughout February, NHL.com will present first-person essays by some of the game's key Black players and executives. Today, Rod Braceful tells the story of growing up in Detroit, playing hockey at Jack Adams Arena and how it has impacted his career choices.

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O'Ree back on course for Congressional Gold Medal

Senators reintroduce bill to honor first Black player in NHL

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Willie O'Ree is back on track to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.  

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Black History Month

Macon popular hub for developing Black hockey coaches

Former NHL forward Townshend among those given leadership opportunities in Georgia city

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Leo Thomas said he was surprised to learn that he was the first Black coach in the Southern Professional Hockey League when Macon hired him May 23, 2018.

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Color of Hockey

Color of Hockey: Collegiate diversity initiative already paying dividends

New movement to promote equity, inclusion inspires NCAA players, coaches

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past nine years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he looks at the creation of the new College Hockey for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiative.

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Black History Month

Willie O'Ree Academy launched by Penguins to help develop Black players

Free youth program will also honor NHL pioneer

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins have launched the Willie O'Ree Academy, a free initiative specifically designed to help develop experienced Black youth hockey players in the region by providing unique training and support opportunities.

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Black History Month

O'Ree-inspired skates being worn by NHL players

Duclair of Panthers, Kane of Blackhawks honor first Black player in League; equipment will be auctioned for charity

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Willie O'Ree's likeness and the favorite phrase of the first Black player in NHL history are featured on a custom skate designed by Bauer that is being worn by some NHL players this week.

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Color of Hockey: Arlette still stirring as Devils national anthem singer

Became New Jersey fixture following chance audience with Lamoriello in 1998

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past nine years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles Arlette, who has been the national anthem singer for the New Jersey Devils for more than 20 years.
 

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Black History Month

Black History Month essay: Tony McKegney

First Black player to score 40 goals in an NHL season on overcoming bias, inspiring others

by Tony McKegney / Special to NHL.com

Editor's note: As part of the NHL celebrating Black History Month throughout February, NHL.com will present first-person essays by some of the game's key Black players and executives. Today, Tony McKegney, the first Black player to score 40 goals in an NHL season, tells his story of overcoming racial bias and serving as inspiration for Jarome Iginla, the only other Black player to hit the 40-goal milestone.  

 

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