A member of our inaugural Teal For Change Council, Kristina Goodchild, recollects on the impact that representation in the game of hockey has played on her love of the game as part of our Teal For Change Blog.
Mike McHugh, Dale Craigwell, Mike Grier, Derek Joslin, Jamal Mayers, Joel Ward, and Evander Kane. A few months ago, only two of those names would have rung a bell in my head. Now, each of those men's names mean so much more.
I grew up in Southern California and did not get much exposure to the sport of hockey, let alone see a hockey arena in person. So, in 2018 when I was offered a position with the San Jose Sharks, I did not understand entirely what I was accepting.
Of course, I had heard the big hockey names over the years, like Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Teemu Selanne (one of the bigger hockey names that came from the West Coast) and Wayne Gretzky (thanks to Michael Scott from theTV show "The Office").
Now, as a multi-racial woman, who grew up with a black father, I understand why I did not gravitate to hockey growing up: because there was no one who looked like me in a sea of white faces.