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Fry, new Coyotes adviser, aims to boost girls hockey in Arizona

Olympic silver medalist who grew up in state hopes to reach youth as ambassador

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Lyndsey Fry thought she was bound for a Wall Street-type job upon graduating from Harvard University.

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Hall of Fame

O'Ree has influenced generations on way to Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL's first black player, being inducted as Builder, continues to inspire youth to play game

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame induction is Monday. This class includes NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and Willie O'Ree, the first black player in the NHL, in the Builders category as well as former players Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Alexander Yakushev and Jayna Hefford. Here NHL.com staff writer Amalie Benjamin profiles O'Ree.

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Hall of Fame

O'Ree's bravery helped make him Hall of Famer, former NHL executive says

League's first black player, mentor to youth players, being inducted in Builders category

by Bryant McBride / Special to NHL.com

Bryant McBride was instrumental in bringing Willie O'Ree back to the NHL, where the Hockey Hall of Fame electee is the diversity ambassador for the Hockey Is For Everyone initiative. McBride, cofounder and CEO of media tech startup Burst, was the NHL vice president for business development from 1992-2000. He is working with filmmaker Laurence Mathieu-Leger on a feature-length documentary about O'Ree. Here McBride shares his thoughts on O'Ree, who will be inducted into the Hall on Monday as a Builder, in a special testimonial for NHL.com:

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This Is Hockey

Diversity's positive impact on sports focus of policy briefing

Players, fans of varied backgrounds could shape NHL in future

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Stanley Cup was the star attraction, but the message was equally powerful at a policy briefing on shifting demographics and hockey's future at the Cannon House Office Building on Wednesday.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Tootoo happy to share ups and downs from 13 seasons in NHL

Hopes to use journey from Nunavut to League to motivate others

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Jordin Tootoo vividly remembers his first NHL shift.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

O'Ree was inspired by meeting baseball pioneer Robinson

NHL's first black player recalls experience on visit to Smithsonian

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Willie O'Ree wanted to sit down. It wasn't that O'Ree, who turns 83 on Oct. 15, was tired after being on his feet for more than an hour on a guided tour of the Smithsonian's Museum of African American History & Culture on Wednesday.

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Bridgestone Arena Becomes Certified Sensory Inclusive by KultureCity

Certification Recognizes Bridgestone Arena as a Sensory-Accommodating Venue

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (October 2, 2018) - The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena are officially Certified Sensory Inclusive by KultureCity! Our organization has partnered with KultureCity to improve staff members' ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs to provide an inclusive and seamless experience for all guests at all events.

"We strive to raise awareness of the needs and challenges faced by individuals with sensory processing disorders by supplying our staff with continuous training and by offering the necessary resources and accommodations to our guests inside Smashville," Nashville Predators Vice President of Event Operations David Chadwell said. "The certification processes our staff went through included training by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests and fans with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation."

Sensory Bags Sensory bags containing special KCVIP badges, fidget tools, noise canceling headphones and other resources are available for checkout (at no cost by leaving an ID) at the AT&T Fan Information Center located off the main concourse and near the entrance to the Lexus Lounge.

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NHL helping women pursue officiating

Participants at Exposure Combine hope to join League, say 'acceptance is growing'

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- Samantha Kline never played hockey. She was a figure skater, one competitive enough to be home-schooled through high school, spending hours a day at her local rink in Florida. A junior team shared the ice, so she kept time for them, got to know the guys in the small hockey community. 

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Hockey Helps Marathon surpasses $850,000 goal

24-hour event raised money, awareness for local charities with help of NHL alumni

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DIX HILLS, N.Y. -- Adam Graves took the ice Saturday morning with the same child-like joy he's felt since he first laced up skates, playing alongside other NHL alumni and volunteers for the fifth annual Hockey Helps Marathon, a 24-hour event designed to raise money and awareness for local charities.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Giordano, Flames excited to participate in Pride Parade

Monahan, Gaudreau, Bennett, Lazar also walking to show support for LGBT community

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Mark Giordano knows what to expect when he and his Calgary Flames teammates participate in the Calgary Pride Parade on Sunday.

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