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Racism and Lack of Diversity in the NHL The National Hockey League is a long-established organization in North America The NHL is becoming a more ethnically diverse sport and its recent growth has brought forth concerns about racial tensions and clashes within the sport Historically the NHL has had a majority of white players but in recent years there has been an increase in other ethnic groups and with that an increase in racism Secondly many hockey players tend to accept this racism as a part of the game However steps hare being taken to eliminate racial slurs and to encourage the acceptance of ethnic diversity With the increase of non-white players in the NHL the incidents of racism have also increased and the league is now making moves to reduce and end this unfortunate reality in the game In the past the NHL has been dominated by white players but ethnic diversity is now increasing In the first 71 years there were only 10 African-American players in the NHL This year alone there are 10 plus 6 North American nativesRacial Slurs1997 In the NFL 60 of the players are blackcompared to 80 in the NBACrossing the Blue Line 1999 The NHL sees this lack of black hockey players as a problem Pincus of the NHL said Obviously we dont have a lot of black players in our league yet We view that as a matter of access and opportunity for young people to play the gameRacial Slurs1997 Having an increase in coloured players in the NHL also means role models for younger children In past years there were very few role models for young black children Racism in NHL 3 Grant Fuhr and Willie ORee were the few black players who could be considered role models Willie ORee was the first black player in NHL historyAllen 1998 p3C Willie ORee is the director of the NHLs Diversity Task ForceDiversity
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