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Douglas: Players of color have pivotal roles in opening games of playoffs

Blog: Kane, Smith-Pelly, Jones, Byfuglien, Greenway stand out

by William Douglas / Special to

Editor's note: William Douglas, author and creator of The Color of Hockey, a blog that focuses on "hockey for fans and players of color," posted a story Saturday highlighting the incredible contributions from NHL players of color in the first few days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here is his story: 

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Press Release

NHL announces new Humanitarian Honor

Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award to be given to individual or entity strengthening society through hockey

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

NEW YORK -- The NHL announced today the creation of the Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award to recognize the commitment of those who are improving lives and strengthening their communities through the game of hockey. It will be presented for the first time at the 2018 NHL Awards™

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Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award announced by NHL

Honor will recognize individual or entity who champions local efforts through hockey @NHL

The NHL announced the creation of the Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award, which will recognize the commitment of those improving lives and strengthening communities through hockey. The award, unveiled Friday, will be presented at the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

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Youth hockey program in Washington helped Marine persevere

Aviator played for team that is part of NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone initiative

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- When Ralph Featherstone started playing hockey in the seventh grade, he didn't know the impact the sport would have on his life.

In fact, he didn't even like it.

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Caps Introduce 1,200 DCPS Students to Skating At Fort Dupont Ice Arena

Participants included fifth and eighth-grade students from 30 DCPS schools

by Washington Capitals @Capitals /

The Washington Capitals helped lead, encourage and instruct more than 1,200 DC Public Schools (DCPS) students in how to skate at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, D.C., from March 14 through March 19.

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Smith-Pelly meets O'Ree before Capitals game

Forward, recent target of racist taunts, talks with NHL's first black player

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Devante Smith-Pelly of the Washington Capitals met NHL pioneer Willie O'Ree for the first time Tuesday, and said they discussed the Feb. 17 incident when Chicago Blackhawks fans used racist taunts against Smith-Pelly during a game at United Center in Chicago.

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RELEASE: Darnell Nurse keeps up Hockey is for Everyone with Right to Play

Oilers D-man gifts Right To Play $6,150 donation

by Press Release /

Edmonton, AB - The Edmonton Oilers longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in hockey was on full display throughout February, also known as Hockey is for Everyone month.

Hockey is for Everyone was all about celebrating the people who play or watch hockey, including fans of every race, colour, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and ability.

In addition to Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira representing the club as the team's Hockey is for Everyone Ambassador, Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse also led by example, joining the Hockey is for Everyone movement by inviting 16 youth participating in the Right To Play program from Alexander First Nation to attend the Oilers Skills Competition presented by Rogers on February 3. The children were surprised with learning how to skate on the Downtown Community Rink, watching their favourite Oilers during the Skills Competition and meeting Nurse to cap off the afternoon.

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Canes Celebrate Hockey is for Everyone Month

A look back on a month of celebrating inclusion and diversity in hockey

by Nikki Stoudt @NikkiStoudt /

This February the Hurricanes celebrated Hockey is for Everyone Month, a joint initiative between the NHL and the NHLPA that reaffirms inclusion on the ice, in the locker room and in the stands.

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Jacob Buchheit's incredible journey

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

During the 2016-17 season, when Pens fans flipped to page 134 of their IceTime program, they saw a picture of a beaming young man riding an adaptive bicycle in an advertisement for Highmark as part of their Living Proof campaign.

It was the same young man featured in a Highmark television commercial riding that adaptive bicycle at his school, the Pioneer Education Center, with two of his friends.

But what those people didn't see was the incredible journey it took that young man to get that big smile back on his face after an incredibly difficult period in his life.

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Tweets of the Game: Show Your Pride

LA Kings fans showed their support for the LGBTQ community at the annual Pride Night, and the LA Kings topped off the evening with a win.

by LA Kings @LAKings /

Fans from all over Los Angeles came out to show their support... and their colors. 

Tweet from @EllieKWight: Loving the Kings PRIDE NIGHT �������������������������������� #PRIDENIGHT #GoKingsGo�� #HockeyIsForEveryone

Tweet from @TheRaulM: Taking in the @LAKings game tonight from high above. Can���t beat the price though �������� #GoKingsGo #LAKings

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