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Willie O'Ree promotes Hockey Is For Everyone

First black player in NHL helps spread game in California

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Willie O'Ree made a trip to Anaheim to help promote Hockey Is For Everyone.

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'Soul on Ice' helping hockey expand diversity

Documentary, J.T. Brown of Lightning leading way in promoting growth of game for everyone

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- During the question-and-answer session after filmmaker Damon Kwame Mason's documentary "Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future" premiered at the Gasparilla International Film Festival on Tuesday, he said, "This is not just black history or hockey history or sports history. This is our history."

Mason's 84-minute film takes a journey through the history of black athletes and their contributions in hockey and follows the season of forward prospect Jaden Lindo, who prepares for the 2014 NHL Draft playing for Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League.

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NHL achieving community goals

World Cup of Hockey 2016 shows where corporate social responsibility, League business meet

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- The case study was the World Cup of Hockey 2016, a way for the NHL and the NHL Players' Association to gauge its effectiveness in bringing corporate social responsibility initiatives to a major League event.

But the individual impact could be seen in a video shown midway through a panel presentation given by Jessica Berman, the vice president of special projects and corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the NHL. It could be seen in the faces of the 103 people who were sworn in as Canadian citizens during the World Cup, including that of Daniel Alfredsson, the former Ottawa Senators captain who joined the NHL in 1995 from Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Flames host Hockey Is For Everyone night

Forward Matt Stajan says campaign is 'great way to spread awareness' about inclusion in game

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan is helping spread the message: Hockey is for everyone.

The idea will be front and center when Stajan and the Flames host their Hockey Is For Everyone night on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings (9 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-W, NHL.TV).

"No matter where you come from, whatever way you live your life, hockey is a sport you can play," said Stajan, the Flames ambassador for the You Can Play project. "It's a great way to create awareness. I think everyone is so supportive of it these days that it's great to see.

"At the end of the day everybody, all 700-plus players in the League, are stepping up to be a part of this and I think that's a good thing."

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Canadiens celebrate You Can Play

Montreal to use Pride tape during warmups before hosting Blue Jackets on Tuesday

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens will present "You Can Play Night" as part of the National Hockey League's Hockey is for Everyone month when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bell Centre on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, RDS, FS-O, NHL.TV).

Montreal forward Andrew Shaw volunteered to serve as the Canadiens' You Can Play ambassador at the launch of the Hockey is for Everyone 2017 campaign, which emphasizes the importance of respect and inclusion of LGBTQ community in sports.

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Joe Juneau growing hockey in Quebec's Arctic region

Retired NHL player using sport to benefit children of Nunavik region

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

Joe Juneau played 828 NHL games during 13 seasons with six teams, but his biggest impact in hockey may have come after his playing days were finished.

That's saying something for a player who had 102 points (32 goals, 70 assists) as a rookie with the Boston Bruins in 1992-93, tying Juneau with Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby for the seventh-most productive rookie season in NHL history, one spot ahead of Mario Lemieux.

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Andy Greene of Devils honored to promote inclusion

New Jersey captain supports You Can Play project, stands up against homophobia in sports

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

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils captain Andy Greene is adamant about spreading the message that Brendan Burke started at his college alma mater, Miami University.

Greene is honored to stand up in the fight against homophobia in sports as the Devils ambassador for the nonprofit You Can Play project this month throughout the NHL. The Devils will host their Hockey Is For Everyone Pride Night on Monday against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, RDS, SNE, NHL.TV).

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O'Ree drops puck on Hockey Is For Everyone night

Coyotes kick off celebration by honoring pioneer, who also hosts kids clinic outside stadium

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Willie O'Ree drops the puck

BUF@ARI: Willie O'Ree does ceremonial puck drop

Hockey icon Willie O'Ree, the first black player to play in the NHL, drops the ceremonial puck before the game in Arizona

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Who better to kick off Hockey Is For Everyone night?

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Eddie Lack dedicates shutout to love and equality

On You Can Play Night in Carolina, goalie is perfect on the ice

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Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack had a few shoutouts following his shutout. Namely love and equality for all.

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Willie O'Ree helping kids excel in school

First black player in NHL history emphasizes hard work in classroom to Anaheim-area youth

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Willie O'Ree, the first black player in NHL history and the League's director of youth development, visited Honda Center on Wednesday not only to drop the ceremonial first puck before the Anaheim Ducks' 5-3 victory against the Boston Bruins, but to speak about the virtues of the S.C.O.R.E. program, an initiative to help kids achieve their goals in school.

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