For the first time ever, the NHL released its first-ever comprehensive diversity and inclusion report at its board meeting earlier this week. According to reports, they discussed attempting to highlight and promote social change while displaying the demographic challenges. Over the last two years, the NHL Executive Inclusion Council and three subcommittees shave recorded data and put it into a 24-page report named, “Accelerating Diversity & Inclusion.”
Initially, this was created to examine and improve on diversity issues regarding fans, players, and just in general.
“We are striving to improve our understanding and increase involvement in diversity, encompassing nationality, race, gender identities, sexual orientation, disability, and religion,” stated NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in the report. “Every day, we are dedicated to making inclusion an integral part of our identity, not just an action we take.”
Why Don’t More Underrepresented Group Play Hockey?
The answer is simple, due to the environment, there are very limited opportunities to play. Not to mention, in order to play hockey one must be able to afford the equipment. So not only is it very rare to find opportunities to participate in the sport. But, then it’s extremely expensive to even begin playing.
Naturally, this will weed many people out just purely based on circumstance. However, it does seem promising that the NHL appears to be committed to advancing the game and attempting to reach a much broader audience. In fact, the executive vice president of social impact for the NHL, Kim Davis, released a statement suggesting just that. He appreciates the work set forward to help improve but there is so much more work to be done!
Kim Davis, the NHL’s executive vice president of social impact, growth, and legislative affairs, stated, “This is a positive step, but we’re not celebrating prematurely. We took action to show our commitment. Transparency and accountability are no longer as intimidating as they once were. I hope the governors recognize the importance of their leadership. Discussing this with their C-suite executives has made a significant impact.”