The Black Girl Hockey Club held their inaugural meeting at a Caps game. DSP: ‘It’s something I never, ever thought I would see.’
The Black Girl Hockey Club exemplifies what the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative is about. It started when club founder Renee Hess reached out to other Black female hockey fans because she wanted to create a safer space for herself and others within hockey fandom, but it has since taken on a life of its own.
The NHL has supported the club tremendously and the Capitals made sure that their inaugural trip to DC in December was spectacular. “From the top to the bottom, the entire organization wanted to make sure we felt welcome,” said Hess in an interview with RMNB.
Hess hopes that the club is not only a safe space for Black women, but that it also “inspires hockey fans to not only welcome folks who maybe don’t have their same background, but also to be understanding of how alienating the hockey world can seem for marginalized people.”