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Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher Program presented by SAP returns

January winner from Pittsburgh middle school surprised by Penguins defenseman Dumoulin, mascot

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Anthony Burns launches rockets from the ball field of North Hills Middle School in Pittsburgh as part of teaching his students science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

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Black History Month

Macon popular hub for developing Black hockey coaches

Former NHL forward Townshend among those given leadership opportunities in Georgia city

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Leo Thomas said he was surprised to learn that he was the first Black coach in the Southern Professional Hockey League when Macon hired him May 23, 2018.

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Color of Hockey

Color of Hockey: Collegiate diversity initiative already paying dividends

New movement to promote equity, inclusion inspires NCAA players, coaches

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 game. Today, he looks at the creation of the new College Hockey for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiative.

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Black History Month

Willie O'Ree Academy launched by Penguins to help develop Black players

Free youth program will also honor NHL pioneer

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins have launched the Willie O'Ree Academy, a free initiative specifically designed to help develop experienced Black youth hockey players in the region by providing unique training and support opportunities.

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Black History Month

O'Ree-inspired skates being worn by NHL players

Duclair of Panthers, Kane of Blackhawks honor first Black player in League; equipment will be auctioned for charity

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Willie O'Ree's likeness and the favorite phrase of the first Black player in NHL history are featured on a custom skate designed by Bauer that is being worn by some NHL players this week.

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Black History Month

Iginla was inspired by Black role models on way to Hall of Fame

Flames icon discusses achievements, social justice, future stars in Q&A with NHL.com

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The NHL is celebrating Black History Month in February. Throughout the month, NHL.com will be featuring people of color who have made or are looking to make their mark in the hockey world. Today, a Q&A with Hockey Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla, the first Black player to score 1,000 points in the NHL and first Black male athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

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Color of Hockey

Color of Hockey: Arlette still stirring as Devils national anthem singer

Became New Jersey fixture following chance audience with Lamoriello in 1998

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 game. Today, he profiles Arlette, who has been the national anthem singer for the New Jersey Devils for more than 20 years.
 

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Color of Hockey

O'Ree number retirement by Bruins rescheduled to next year

Event honoring his No. 22 moved to allow in-person attendance

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Willie O'Ree's number retirement ceremony has been rescheduled by the Boston Bruins to next year to allow him to attend the event and be honored by fans at TD Garden.

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Black History Month

Black women seeing growth of numbers in NCAA hockey

13 on Division I, Division III rosters this season more than triple the total from 2019

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The NHL is celebrating Black History Month in February. Throughout the month, NHL.com will be featuring people of color who have made or are looking to make their mark in the hockey world. Today, we look at the growth in numbers of Black NCAA women's hockey players.

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Color of Hockey

Color of Hockey: Planning to put on big shows for Kraken, Kings

Buford, Davis aim to 'create memories' with in-game entertainment when NHL fans return

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 game. Today, he profiles Lamont Buford and Wanton Davis, who orchestrate in-game entertainment for the Seattle Kraken and Los Angeles Kings, respectively.

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