NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes, Seattle Kraken broadcaster Everett Fitzhugh and national hockey writer Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic join Buffalo Sabres TV host Brian Duff for a conversation about, but not limited to, the meaning of Black History Month, race in hockey, how to grow the sport at the youth level, and the challenges they've faced over the course of their careers.
Watch the full roundtable here:
Video: Black History Month Roundtable
This year, the Sabres commissioned local artist Edreys Wajed to design a T-shirt for the Sabres that paid tribute to Black History Month, and that logo is featured in the background of the roundtable video.
Wajed landed on a design that paid homage to Val James, who became the first Black player born in the United States to appear in an NHL game when he made his Sabres debut on Nov. 1, 1981.
Video: Sabres Alumnus Val James' Historic Achievement
Wajed also incorporated design elements from the NBA's Buffalo Braves and made reference to Breaking Barriers, the local organization that will benefit from sales of the T-shirt.
Video: Inside the Sabres' "Breaking Barriers" design
The numbers "1981" and "26" are written within the Sabres logo as references to the year James made his debut and the number he wore in Buffalo. The colors and break within the charging Buffalo reference the logo of the Braves, while the Sabres' usual crossed swords are replaced by Akofena, a symbol for courage and valor originating in Ghana.
The T-shirt is available now for individual purchase or as part of February's Game Night to Go package.
Read about Wajed's creative process in a Q&A with Sabres.com here.
Earlier this month, Duffer spoke with Sabres captain Jack Eichel about the design and the impact he and other current players can have to get more kids, regardless of their background, involved in hockey:
Video: Duffer and Eichel talk Breaking Barriers