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Panthers to Host Ice Hockey Clinic at Icetopia Skating Rink in Barbados

Alex Petrovic and Ian McCoshen to head the NHL's first ice hockey clinic in the Caribbean

by Staff / FloridaPanthers.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that the club will host an ice hockey clinic at Icetopia Skating Rink in Wildey, Barbados on Tuesday, August 22 as part of the Panthers youth hockey and community outreach initiatives. The NHL's first ice hockey clinic in the Caribbean will feature Panthers defensemen Alex Petrovic and Ian McCoshen as head instructors.

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NHL participates in Red Bulls' Pride Night to benefit You Can Play

League to launch second Hockey Is For Everyone campaign Feb. 1

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The NHL took part in an experience Saturday aiming to benefit the greater good of its efforts to promote Hockey Is For Everyone.

Jessica Berman, NHL Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, joined former NBA player Jason Collins, former WNBA player Sue Wicks and You Can Play VP and United States triathlete Chris Mosier at the New York Red Bulls' first Pride Night in Harrison, New Jersey. A pregame panel featuring prominent members and allies of the LGBTQ community helped celebrate diversity, inclusion and the message of acceptance and respect within the soccer community.

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Gudbranson to march in Vancouver Pride Parade

Defenseman happy to support community inclusion

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson isn't sure what to expect at his first Pride Parade but he knows why it's important to be a part of it.

Gudbranson will join teammate Troy Stecher, mascot Finn, and an expected 30 staff members from the Canucks marching at the 39th annual Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday.

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NHL to grant $5,000 to the Columbus Ice Hockey Club for diversity efforts

Corbin is one of the kids in the Columbus community who has really benefited from CIHC's programs

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Hockey is for everyone. Those four words aren't just the name of an NHL program focused on diversity. For John Haferman, director of the Columbus Ice Hockey Club (CIHC), they are a philosophy. His execution of that mission is what made the CIHC a natural choice for a $5,000 grant as part of the NHL Centennial Tour.

As the tour visits each NHL city in North America celebrating the League's 100 years, the NHL is making a donation to a local nonprofit that focuses on diversity and inclusion in the game of hockey.

Under Haferman's leadership, CIHC has provided many programs within the sport including sled hockey, teams for young women and girls, and hockey for children with special needs.

"The whole reason CIHC started is because someone told me you could never get African-American kids to play hockey," Haferman said. "Then the League did Hockey is for Everyone. There is always a group that seems to be needing to be included."

One of the children CIHC brought to the game is Corbin, the son of Cassie and Christy Davis.

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Blackhawks to take part in Chicago Pride Parade

Retired forward Daniel Carcillo, members of front office will march in 48th annual event

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- He doesn't know what Float 36 looks like yet, but former Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo will walk along with it Sunday in the 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade.

Carcillo, who now assists the Blackhawks as a community liaison, will be accompanied by members of the front office as they join the Chicago Gay Hockey Association's contingent of marchers.

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Aaron Ekblad speaks out for equality in new commercial

Panthers defenseman shows support for LGBTQ community, Pride Month in Nike ad

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Aaron Ekblad is lending his likeness to speak out for equality.

The Florida Panthers defenseman appeared in an ad for Nike's BETRUE collection released Monday and celebrates the LGBTQ community and Pride Month in June.

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Trotz, MSE Foundation Volunteers Visit Fort Dupont for Service Project

Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, wife Kim and children Nolan and Shalan, joined more than 100 Caps fans to participate in a Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSE Foundation) service project to help spruce up Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast Washington, D.C., on June 3.

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, wife Kim and children Nolan and Shalan, joined more than 100 Caps fans to participate in a Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSE Foundation) service project to help spruce up Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast Washington, D.C., on June 3.

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Sabres to host NHL Centennial Fan Arena June 2-3

Interactive exhibit, including Stanley Cup, will visit KeyBank Center during Scouting Combine

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK/TORONTO - The NHL® Centennial Fan Arena, a main pillar of the League's year-long centennial celebrations, will visit KeyBank Center during the NHL Scouting Combine™ presented by adidas. An interactive traveling experience honoring a century's worth of extraordinary players, teams, and unforgettable moments, the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena also features the most revered trophy in all sports - the Stanley Cup®. The event is free and open to fans of all ages. 

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Kyle Turris celebrated OT goal against Rangers with trip to kids banquet

Senators forward joined Capital City Condors for end-of-year reception hours after game-winner

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Kyle Turris had no choice but to end Game 5 on Saturday with a game-winning goal. He had a prior engagement to attend.

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NHL names winners of Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarships

Four recipients to receive academic aid

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Musa Ibrahim, who played with the Ice Hockey in Harlem program for nine years, was confronted with a number of tough situations while playing the game.

During one game Ibrahim beat a defenseman and had a chance for a breakaway, but the defenseman knocked him down and sent him crashing into the goalie, who started punching Ibrahim in the head. A fight seemed imminent, but instead Ibrahim skated away.

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