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The Hockey Diversity Alliance was formed by Akim Aliu, Evander Kane, Trevor Daley, Matt Dumba, Wayne Simmonds, Chris Stewart, and Joel Ward, and they all took to social media to announce the establishment of their new organization.
Hockey is overwhelmingly white and has struggled with numerous incidents of racist behavior from players, especially recently. Aliu revealed in 2019 that he’s dealt with racism in hockey for years, and, according to the Wall Street Journal, that’s what originally spurred Aliu and other minority players to discuss forming an organization to fight racism in hockey. The killing of George Floyd while in police custody and the subsequent worldwide protests sped up their timeline, leading to the announcement.