Hockey Is For Everyone uses the game of hockey - and the League's global influence - to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities.
As part of this league-wide initiative, the San Jose Sharks host various events throughout the season which celebrate inclusion in sports, including girls, those with disabilities, special needs, low income, and LGBTQ hockey.
Each team also has a designated Hockey Is for Everyone Player Ambassador to promote the League's broad diversity and inclusion initiatives. Evander Kane serves as the Sharks Ambassador and as a leader in the locker room, a leader in the community, and a public advocate to speak up and inspire others.
Meet Elliot Govaars. He's a 16-year-old hockey player for the San Jose Jr. Sharks. When he came out, his family was not sure if they would lose hockey, but it was quite the opposite. His Jr. Sharks Girls High School teammates and coaches were there to offer the support he needed.