Seven current and former NHL players have formed a group to fight racism in hockey. The Hockey Diversity Alliance is co-headed by San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane and ex-NHLer Akim Aliu. The other members are Detroit Red Wings defenceman Trevor Daley, Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba, Buffalo Sabres forward Wayne Simmonds, former NHLer and current minor leaguer Chris Stewart and retired player Joel Ward.
In a statement outlining their objectives, the men said their group “will be independent of the NHL” but hopes to “work productively with the league.”
They added: “We will promote diversity at all levels of the game through community outreach and engagement with youth and will endeavour to make the game more affordable and accessible. We will also focus on educating the hockey community about the racism issues confronting the sport, while advocating for acceptance and equality.”
TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported that members of the group have spoken with Colin Kaepernick, who “offered his support and guidance.”