Black Hockey History Month with the Pittsburgh Penguins

INSPIRE. CONNECT. ELEVATE.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were proud to honor and celebrate Black History Month with events throughout February, including the Black Hockey History game presented by CNX on Saturday, February 18th.

The Penguins celebrated Black History Month by sharing Inspiring stories of historic resilience, Connecting our fans to one another through their love for hockey, and Elevating Black leaders and changemakers.

A special thank you to the 2023 Black Hockey History Game presenting partner, CNX.

February Virtual Programming

February Virtual Programming

Through the month of February, the Pittsburgh Penguins honored and celebrated Black History Month by providing a series of in-person and virtual programming for our partners, community, staff, and fans.

The We Speak Series is an uplifting series elevating the voices of Black players, staff, and leaders on and off the ice.

2023 Black Women Making an Impact On and Off the Ice, presented by UPMC

2023 Black Women Making an Impact On and Off the Ice, presented by UPMC

A panel of NHL, Penguins, and Pittsburgh executives making an impact on and off the ice, shared stories of their personal experiences and pathways to success, and the power of mentorship and representation.

Brought to you by UPMC

Black Hockey History Day Game

Black Hockey History Day Game

On Saturday, February 18th, the team held their annual Black Hockey History Day presented by CNX at PPG Paints Arena as the Penguins took on the New Jersey Devils.

We Speak Series: Kids Breaking Barriers Panel

We Speak Series: Kids Breaking Barriers Panel

The 'Kids Breaking Barriers III' virtual panel returned, offering youth a chance to hear from and interact with NHL executives, youth community leaders, and fellow youth hockey players, offering support and guidance as they embark on their hockey journeys.

Special welcome by Penguins player, P.O Joseph

RISE Champions of Change Virtual Experience

The Pittsburgh Penguins are proud to partner with RISE to be Champions of Change. The hope is that this RISE Champions of Change Virtual Experience will help educate and inspire Penguins fans and the Pittsburgh community about social justice and racial equity.

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We Speak Series: Black Men of Impact On & Off The Ice, Inspiring Generations to Come

Featuring NHL, Penguins, and Pittsburgh executives making an impact on and off the ice and inspiring the next generation of players, leaders, and change makers.

Participants:

  • Kwame Damon Mason, Documentary Filmmaker

  • Bryant McBride, CEO at Burst

  • Jeff Scott, Vice President, Community Development & Growth at the NHL

  • Stanley Kazibwe, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Business Partner - Human Resources at U.S. Steel

Moderator:

  • Jaden Lindo, Manager of Community Hockey Programs at the Pittsburgh Penguins

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We Speak Series: Kids Breaking Barriers Panel

The 'Kids Breaking Barriers' virtual panel returns, offering youth a chance to hear from and interact with NHL executives, youth community leaders, and fellow youth hockey players, offering support and guidance as they embark on their hockey journeys.

Special Welcome by Jim Britt, VP, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation

Participants:

  • Toni Smith, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 19U, Defense
  • Akoung Dickson, Pittsburgh Vipers 12U, Forward
  • Anthony McIntosh, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 16U, Defense

Moderator:

  • Jaden Jefferson, 14-Year Old Multimedia Journalist and Anchor

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The Power of Pittsburgh

Daley Talks Importance of Representation in "Power of Pittsburgh"

The Penguins held "Power of Pittsburgh," a conversation with two-time Stanley Cup champion and former Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley. Trevor Daley, who was recently named Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Operations Advisor, to talk about the power of representation in the sport of hockey, on and off the ice.

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Kids Breaking Barriers

Joseph Speaks to Youth in "Kids Breaking Barriers" Panel

The Penguins held a unique "Kids Breaking Barriers" virtual panel featuring rookie defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph. The program featured a Q&A session with Joseph before Dorin Dickerson - Director of Lower Hill Development for the Penguins who is a former NFL player that also grew up playing hockey in Pittsburgh - moderated a panel featuring local youth players and their family members. The goal was to provide an open dialogue for children and their guardians to receive support and guidance on their own hockey journeys.

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Black Women Making an Impact On and Off the Ice

A panel of NHL, Penguins, and Pittsburgh executives making an impact on and off the ice hosted a conversation around their personal experiences and pathways to success. The thought providing and inspiring conversation, encouraged women to break their own glass ceilings, and encouraged men to serve as allies to women in their network.

Participants:

  • Kim Davis, NHL EVP of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs
  • Tracey McCants Lewis, Penguins VP of Human Resources & Deputy General Counsel
  • Dena LaMar, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Advance Auto Parts
  • Toni Murphy, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Keystone Region

Moderator: Sabrina Saunders Mosby, President and Chief Executive Officer, vibrant PITTSBURGH

Brought to you by vibrant PITTSBURGH

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The Hill District: Identity and History of Pittsburgh's Black Community

To end the month-long celebration, guests were invited to join the Pittsburgh Penguins for a virtual program, direct from the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. There, the conversation on Identity, continued with an on-site artistic performance by Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT) and a cooking demonstration featuring traditional African American cuisine. The program was narrated by Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. Scholar of American and Africana Studies, an award-winning Performing Artist, Activist and Entrepreneur, alongside Pittsburgh Penguins Executive and Pittsburgh native Tracey McCants Lewis.

Brought to you by F.N.B. Corporation

Thank you to our event sponsor The Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG)

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Willie O'Ree Academy Provides Opportunity for Black Youth Hockey Players

The Pittsburgh Penguins today announced the creation of the "Willie O'Ree Academy," designed to provide unique training, social and mentorship opportunities for Black youth hockey players in the Pittsburgh region. It is named in honor of Willie O'Ree, who became the NHL's first Black player in 1958 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 2018.

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