Current, former NHL players form diversity coalition to fight intolerance in hockey
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Current and former professional hockey players formed an alliance aimed at promoting diversity within the sport. 

The players on Monday announced the Hockey Diversity Alliance will be led by former NHL player Akim Aliu and San San Jose Sharks player Evander Kane. Trevor Daley, Matt Dumba, Wayne Simmonds, Chris StewartChris StewartREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Atlanta Wendy's 911 call the night of Rayshard Brooks's death released MORE and Joel Ward will serve as part of the alliance’s executive committee. 

“Our mission is to eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey,” the alliance members said in a statement. “We will strive to be a force for positive change not only within our game of hockey, but also within society.” 


The group will operate independent of the NHL, but the members said they are “hopeful we will work productively with the league to accomplish these important changes.” 

The NHL’s executive vice president for social impact Kim Davis said the league is hopeful it will work collaboratively with the alliance in the future. 

“We are supportive of all efforts that are intended to advance the role of our sport in society,” Davis told The New York Times in an email. “We are hopeful that this alliance will collaborate with our N.H.L. structured council and committees — particularly the Players Inclusion Committee — to bring ideas for change.”

The formation of the coalition follows the nationwide protests over racial inequality and police brutality that have occurred over the past week following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. 

Aliu in November said that Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters, a former player, used racial slurs when they were on the same minor league team, ESPN noted. After the accusations, Peters resigned from the Calgary Flames.