Inspired by the wave of athletes joining calls for racial justice, the new Hockey Diversity Alliance aims to address the challenges faced by players of color.
Two of its leaders, Akim Aliu, a former N.H.L. player, and Evander Kane, a San Jose Sharks forward, said the group of seven players would operate independent of the league, try to make the game more socioeconomically inclusive and, as Kane put it, “eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey” through community outreach and youth engagement.
They also have been Zooming with Kaepernick.
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