NHL, St. Louis police looking into threats made toward Kadri
Avalanche Kadri Threats Hockey FILE - Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri plays against the Nashville Predators during the first period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Monday, May 9, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. The NHL and St. Louis police are investigating threats the Colorado Avalanche say were made toward forward Nazem Kadri. The team said Sunday night it was aware of threats against Kadri and was working with local law enforcement to investigate. The AP verified the existence of Twitter posts sent to the official Avalanche team account and to Kadri’s calling him “Arab scum” and referencing terrorism. One was still up hours before Game 4 in St. Louis, with Colorado leading the best-of-seven series 2-1.wftv.com
Aliu lands book deal on how he confronted racism in hockey
Akim Racism Ukraine This image, provided by Scholastic, shows the cover of the book "Akim Aliu Dreamer: Growing Up Black in the World of Hockey," by former NHL player Akim Aliu with Greg Anderson Elysee. Aliu was born in Nigeria to mixed-race parents and then lived in Ukraine before the family moved to Canada. Aliu has since co-founded a players-backed Hockey Diversity Alliance to raise awareness and make hockey more accessible to minorities and underprivileged youth. Aliu said he never envisioned being the subject of a graphic novel, and doesn’t consider himself being some sort of superhero. “I feel like this is a conversation, especially in the game of hockey, that’s never really been had at this level,” Aliu said.wftv.com
Players share painful past in campaign to rid NHL of racism
Anti Racism Campaign Hockey In this photo provided by Budweiser Canada, Colorado NHL player Nazem Kadri poses in Scarborough, Ontario. Kadri, Akim Aliu, Minnesota’s Matt Dumba, Toronto’s Wayne Simmonds and Florida’s Anthony Duclair are members of the recently formed Hockey Diversity Alliance. The exchange proved so powerful it became the focal point of a two-minute video that debuted Saturday to launch an HDA campaign to eradicate racism in hockey. Budweiser Canada approached the HDA a year ago with its vision of the ad, with an emphasis on sending a strong message. “We believe that we need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable because that’s ultimately how we grow, learn, change and evolve,” Budweiser Canada senior director Mike D’Agostini said.wftv.com
NHL clears ex-Panthers GM of wrongdoing after investigation
The NHL on Thursday cleared Dale Tallon of any wrongdoing after an independent investigation found it could not substantiate claims he made inappropriate racial, religious and ethnic comments as general manager of the Florida Panthers. The NHL found Tallon did not violate any of those. The team hired longtime agent-turned Columbus Blue Jackets assistant GM as Tallon's replacement. Tallon has been linked to a possible job in the Pittsburgh Penguins front office after they fired assistant GM Jason Karmanos this week. Tallon did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the NHL's investigation.
Current, former NHL players form Hockey Diversity Alliance
Seven current or former black NHL players formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance on Monday, creating another avenue to fight racism and intolerance in the sport. Our mission is to eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey, the group said in a letter. The Hockey Diversity Alliance will be independent of the NHL but hopes to work in tandem with the league to promote diversity and inclusion. He called on white athletes in hockey and others sports to also speak out, and more than 100 NHL players have posted on social media about the subject. In creating our alliance, we are confident we can inspire a new generation of hockey players and fans, the group said.