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Minority Players Issue Proposals To NHL, Suggest Changing Blue Line To Black Line (Temporarily)

The Hockey Diversity Alliance, led by a group of nine former and current NHL hockey players, has issued its requests of the NHL and is proposing a wide variety of initiatives including players wearing black out warm up jerseys that would be auctioned off to raise money for the HDA and the organization is also proposing the NHL temporarily change the blue line to a black line, according to hockey reporter Rick Westhead.

The group is comprised of: Akim Aliu, Evander Kane, Trevor Daley, Anthony Duclair, Matt Dumba, Nazem Kadri, Wayne Simmonds, Chris Stewart and Joel Ward.

On Thursday, Westhead went through the HDA’s requests:

  • Team owners offer NHL rinks as polling stations
  • “Black suppliers” should deliver at least 10% of NHL procurement expenditure by 2020-21 season
  • NHL to spend $100M over 10 years to battle systemic racism
  • NHL to put the HDA logo on rink ice
  • Black out warmup jerseys to raise funds for HDA
  • “Temporarily” change blue line to a black line

The NHL was dividing rinks into zones as of the 1928–29 season when the defensive zone lines started being painted blue.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. I proposed allowing the temporary “Black-Line” IF AND ONLY IF, the names of innocent murdered black and minority children names are written in the black line. These are the Lives of Black People who Mattered the MOST! NOT BLM or the Resisting Arrest Martyrs!

  2. Enough now. This isn’t grade school.

    Years ago, I’m pretty sure Clay Travis talked about the relationship between George Bush and Bono. How they eventually put aside their differences and met. They’ve saved 11 million + lives. Never happens if they cancelled each other out.

    The players hate Trump. Okay. They’re hurt largely stems from Trump calling everyone involved with the kneeling protests “Sons of bitches.” Honestly…Trump shouldn’t have said that. That’s unfitting for a man of his position and someone who’s quick to point out his Christianity.

    Pro teams have rejected White House invitations. They’ve cancelled Trump. In return, Trump defends himself while continuing to criticize players.

    Well, for at least one day, they need to stop. Get some superstars or—better yet, players who have first hand experience about these social justice issues—together with President Trump and maybe some other key lawmakers. Face to face discussions.

    These players need to get face-to-face with Trump, Pence, Biden, whoever is in the office. These are all White men who don’t have experience with these causes. If there are serious problems occurring, then they need discussions. Educate, not cancel. Maybe the government will have a better understanding of what’s wrong? That’s not gonna happen with changing a blue line to black. They’ve been doing this shit for more than four years now!!!!

    These demonstrations have created conversations. It’s too bad that most of them aren’t focused on the social justice issues, rather, National Anthem etiquette and Chinese relations. We’re going nowhere fast.

    The other problem is that you can start discussions between two random social media users. What does that accomplish? These players need to communicate their grievances and concerns with officials who can make changes.

    I’m not gonna condemn the players. These professional athletes probably feel like Atlas. It’s as if they’re playing sports while carrying the world on their shoulders. Many fans view these players with a God complex. Others are insanely jealous over the players having accumulated incredible wealth while enjoying their passion. If they don’t play, then they’re assholes who put everybody out of work. But if they play, then nobody watches them anyway so everybody will remain out of work when the leagues cut future costs.

    This isn’t the player’s expertise. The owners and executives should know this. They have the power and resources to get conversations started at higher places. Billionaires love power, at least they’re supposed to. Why they’re allowing themselves to get walked over and have their wealth deteriorated while getting nothing positive accomplished I’ll never understand.

      • Hey Joshua,
        It would be appreciated if you wouldn’t do what CNN/MSNBC do every day, 24/7 to Pres. Trump…which is…twist his words. Trump DIDN’T SAY what you said he did.

        This is from HARD CORE RIGHT WING Time Magazine. Oh snap…they’re actually hard core LEFT WING…whatever…here’s their coverage of the actual words by the Pres:

        “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, “That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.” And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.

        https://time.com/4954684/donald-trump-nfl-speech-anthem-protests/

  3. Can we stop “raising awareness”. I’m pretty sure we’re at fever pitch on that. These empty gestures are corny AF. Open your wallet or offer tangible change. FFS, golf is gonna be the only sport remaining that isn’t up it’s ass on grandstanding.

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