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2022: Black Hockey History Month with the Pittsburgh Penguins

INSPIRE. CONNECT. ELEVATE.

In February 2022, the Pittsburgh Penguins will honor and celebrate Black History Month, by providing a series of in person and virtual programming for our partners, community, staff, and fans. Programming will feature NHL players and executives, community leaders, and Penguins front office staff, as they celebrate Black History Month, sharing Inspiring stories of historic resilience, Connecting our fans to one another through their love for hockey, and Elevating black leaders and change makers.

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Moderator:

Jaden Jefferson is a 14-year old multimedia journalist and anchor based in Toledo, Ohio. He's interviewed the likes of elected officials to influential celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, Naomi Osaka, Isla Fischer, and Tim Minchin. He hopes to attend college for communications and eventually land a job at the anchor desk, while giving a platform to the voices of the unheard. Amid the pandemic, his calm, steady reporting has kept residents informed and safe. Since 2019, Jaden has raked up 368,000+ views on his YouTube page.

 

Panelists:

Toni Smith is a 17-year-old defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 19U program. Currently a senior at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland, Toni has been playing hockey since she was 8. She began playing hockey after watching her brother play and quickly developed a love for skating herself. Since then, Toni has played on several AA boys and AAA girls teams along the east coast.

Akoung Dickson is a forward for the Pittsburgh Vipers 12U team and began playing hockey after his mom put him into a Little Penguins 'Learn to Play Hockey' event. After attending a birthday party at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena and seeing hockey in action, Akoung and his mom were hooked on the game.

Anthony McIntosh, a defenseman who is a part of the Pittsburgh Penguins 16U team, is from North Dakota, a region where 90% of the land is farmland and has become synonymous for two things: UND hockey and the bitter cold. Anthony doesn't mind, though, he loves it. He started playing at six years old after all of his friends convinced his mom to let him play. Since then, he hasn't stopped. Playing for local programs, Anthony was delighted when the opportunity to play with the Penguins Elite found its way to him. Leaving his home state and moving across the U.S. to pursue hockey wasn't always ways easy, but Anthony is happy to have the opportunity to play the sport he loves and make his home state proud.