SAN JOSE, CA - In celebration of Black History Month 2020, the National Hockey League's Black Hockey History mobile museum will visit 14 NHL cities, including San Jose and the Bay Area, this year. Starting on Feb. 29, 2020, the museum will make a stop at SAP Center and follow with a visit to the Oakland Ice Center on Mar. 1. The Black History Month celebration is a part of Hockey is For Everyone.
This year's museum offers fans the experience to learn about some of hockey's biggest moments, milestones, and playmakers in the sport, while also celebrating the pioneers and trailblazers who helped shape NHL history. Specifically, the museum will display a 'Wall of Pucks,' which represents every black player to play in the NHL and several notable achievements, including the first black player, the first captain, and first player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The museum will also display authentic jerseys and equipment for some of San Jose's players, including Mike Grier, Joel Ward and current Sharks player Evander Kane.
The mobile museum will be available starting at 3:30 p.m. outside SAP Center on Feb. 29, during the Sharks street rally on Autumn Street in anticipation of Marvel Night presented by Solar4America, against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fans in attendance that night will receive an Evander Kane Black Panther Bobblehead.
The following day on Sunday, Mar. 1, the museum will visit the Oakland Ice Center on 18th Street. Starting at 11 a.m., fans and the community will have the opportunity to learn more about key black players in NHL history, black women in hockey and grass roots campaigns, and view other unique Hockey Hall of Fame memorabilia. The truck will be open to the public until 4 p.m. Additional activities will be hosted around the mobile museum, including street hockey activities, and much more.