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NHL Black Hockey History Tour celebrates diversity, aims to inspire

Mobile museum will visit 14 cities, honor those who helped shape game

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Diversity and inclusiveness were celebrated when the Canadian Embassy hosted the launch of the NHL Black Hockey History Tour on Monday.

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Color of Hockey: Oden dreams of playing in NHL with Seattle

Washington State-born Finnish forward would be thrilled to be part of expansion team

by William Douglas @WdouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past eight years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles Joonas Oden, a Finnish forward born in Benton City, Washington, who dreams of playing for Seattle's NHL expansion team, which will begin play in the fall of 2021.

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Color of Hockey: Smith excited to compete at Winter Youth Olympics

15-year-old goalie will be part of United States team at event in Switzerland

by William Douglas @WdouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past seven years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March and will be writing about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles goalie Arthur Smith, who will compete in the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland next week.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

O'Ree receives surprise visits during skills weekend in Boston

Marchand, Gretzky seek him out, extend their thanks after Bruins-Oilers game

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Kids participating in the Willie O'Ree Skills Weekend got a surprise Saturday after watching the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Boston Bruins 4-1 at TD Garden.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

O'Ree welcomes diverse group of kids to his Skills Weekend

NHL's first black player, diversity ambassador continues to grow game

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Willie O'Ree was where he loves to be on Friday - - in a rink with children in the city that helped launch his historic NHL career.

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Color of Hockey: NHL hopefuls making mark at World Junior Championship

Top-tier 2020 Draft prospect Byfield, U.S. forward Robertson among impact-makers

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past seven years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March and will be writing about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles players of color at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Color of Hockey: Riley helps granddaughter get back on ice

Former Capitals forward convinced 26-year-old she wasn't too old to play at college

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past seven years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March and will be writing about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles Ryerson University hockey player Kryshanda Green and her grandfather, former NHL forward Bill Riley.

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Color of Hockey: Dean 'unsung hero' at Fort Dupont

Quiet force has helped keep oldest minority-oriented youth hockey program going for four decades

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past seven years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March and will be writing about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles Betty Dean of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club.

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US Hockey Hall of Fame

Bettman praises grassroots growth of game at U.S. Hall of Fame induction

Commissioner has overseen nationwide expansion, record number of American players in NHL

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Gary Bettman called his induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Thursday a testament of the effort of so many to grow hockey in the United States to record heights.

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Commissioner Bettman outlines course of action for inclusion, diversity

NHL ready, willing to facilitate change, won't tolerate abusive behavior

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- When I launched my Color of Hockey blog seven years ago this month, I dedicated it to hockey fans and people of color who love this game and enjoy witnessing change, especially one that reflects the shifting demographics in North America.

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