On Wednesday night, the Hockey Diversity Alliance released a statement expressing their frustration with the NHL’s alleged refusal to do anything of substance to expand the sport.
In their statement, the HDA called the NHL’s efforts “performative” and “seemed aimed at quickly moving past important conversations about race.”
The HDA emerged in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and its resulting protests.
In August, the HDA put together an eight-point ask of the NHL. That plan includes hiring more Black employees, using more Black suppliers, get representation in the Executive Inclusion Committee, improve education, commit to a zero-tolerance policy and more. The founders of the HDA are:
In September, the NHL fotrmed the Executive Inclusion Council and a plan which was supposedly done in concert with the HDA. That plan included diversity training, partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and some club-level initiatives.
The membership of the Executive Inclusion Council, which does appear to include HDA representation among its members, is:
The HDA says it will continue to operate independently of the NHL.
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