BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Sabres forward Wayne Simmonds and former Sabre Evander Kane along with several other current and former NHL players have created a group to combat racism and intolerance in hockey.
Kane, who played for the Sabres from 2015-2018 will be the co-head of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, while Simmonds will serve as a member of the executive committee.
We are proud to announce the formation of the Hockey Diversity Alliance 🏒✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/TAucuYJxp2— Wayne Simmonds (@Simmonds17) June 8, 2020
In November 2019, former NHLer Akim Aliu detailed racial abuse he received from former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters, while playing for Rockford in the American Hockey League.
In May, Aliu detailed numerous counts of the abuse he received throughout his hockey career in an article in The Players' Tribune, sparking widespread calls for eliminating racism and intolerance throughout hockey.
According to a tweet from Saroya Tinker of the NWHL's New York Riveters, Kane has reached out to ensure black female hockey players' voices will be part of the Hockey Diversity Alliance movement.