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Capitals host clinic for hockey players with disabilities

Resume longtime relationship with ASHA after COVID-19 pause

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The smiles on the faces of the American Special Hockey Association players at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Saturday morning was evidence of their joy from being back on the ice together.

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IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Devils program helping Black-owned businesses in New Jersey

Initiative provides exposure, marketing value, promotes racial equality in Newark community

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK -- Lloyd Wilson was looking for all the help and connections he could find when he co-founded the Newark Paper Company in 2020 just as the coronavirus pandemic raged across the world.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Thanksgiving parade float a tribute to O'Ree

NHL television analyst Carter honored to help celebrate League's first Black player, inclusion in hockey

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Anson Carter has been practicing for his appearance on the MassMutual and NHL float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Wild to celebrate Native American Heritage Day with custom warmup jerseys

Will hold uniform auction starting with game against Jets on Nov. 26

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

The Minnesota Wild will celebrate Native American Heritage Day when they host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday at Xcel Energy Center.

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Color of Hockey

Color of Hockey: Kings bring game to Mexico with youth camp

Stars, Coyotes also looking to grow sport in country

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 sport. Today, he profiles efforts by the Los Angeles Kings to grow hockey in Mexico.

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IN OUR COMMUNITIES

USA Hockey Sled Classic being hosted by Devils

Four-day tournament presented by NHL features more than 600 participants

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The 11th USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL, is being held at Ice Vault Arena in Wayne, New Jersey, from Thursday to Sunday.

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IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Team Trans members opening doors while playing game they love

Set to take on Madison Gay Hockey Association in weekend Friendship Series

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

As soon as the inaugural Team Trans stepped into the locker room two years ago, the hockey players felt something different, something comforting: They felt like a family. 

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Color of Hockey

Minority hockey club documentary 'The Cannons' aims for inclusion in game

Film chronicles Fort Dupont in Washington, D.C., longest-running such program in North America

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Neal Henderson greets inner-city youth living in southeast Washington, D.C., who join the Fort Dupont Cannons with a promise:

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Short Shifts

Sabres honor James with new logo emphasizing Black history

Trailblazing forward was first American to break color barrier in NHL

by Lauren Merola @laurmerola / NHL.com Staff Writer

Breaking Barriers

Inside the Sabres' "Breaking Barriers" design

Edreys Wajed details the inspiration behind his take on the Sabres logo.

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On the 40th anniversary of his NHL debut, Val James was honored by the Buffalo Sabres with his own threads.

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Sabres to celebrate Val James Night on November 6

James became the 1st Black American to play in the NHL 40 years ago

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Celebrating Val James

Celebrating Val James' historic achievement

Forty years ago, Val James because the first Black player born in the United State to play in the NHL when he suited up for the Sabres

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November 1 marks the 40th anniversary of Val James' NHL debut and the Buffalo Sabres will commemorate the milestone during their next home game on Saturday, November 6 against the Detroit Red Wings. 

When James suited up for the Sabres for the first time in 1981, he became the first Black American to play in the NHL. The accomplishment was overlooked at the time, but the moment's significance has garnered the attention it deserves over the past few years. 

James, who resides in Niagara Falls, Ontario, will be unable to attend the game, but shared his heartfelt thanks to the Sabres community for organizing the night.

"I'm afraid I will not be able to join you on November 6 for the game, but I still appreciate the fact that you are supporting me and honoring me for my achievement of becoming the first African American to play NHL hockey 40 years ago," James said in a video statement released by the team.

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