After first stating that their job fair was only going to be made open to specific groups of people, the National Hockey League decided to open it to everyone after getting a rather severe, but absolutely necessary rebuke from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Just last week, the NHL said put out a post — which is now deleted — on LinkedIn that promoted the “Pathway to Hockey Summit” job fair on Feb. 2 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with a few specific participation requirements, according to a report published by Breitbart.
“Participants must be 18 years of age or older, based in the U.S., and identify as female, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, and/or a person with a disability,” the requirements reportedly went on to say. “Veterans are also welcome and encouraged to attend.”
Press Secretary for Gov. DeSantis, Bryan Griffin, put out a statement slamming the NHL for the hiring preferences it put in the post it shared on the social media network.
“Discrimination of any sort is not welcome in the state of Florida and we do not abide by the woke notion that discrimination should be overlooked if applied in a politically popular manner or against a politically unpopular demographic,” Griffin remarked, according to a report published by The Florida Standard. “We call upon @NHL to immediately remove and denounce the discriminatory prohibitions it has imposed on attendance to the 2023 ‘Pathway to Hockey’ summit.”
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A spokesperson representing the NHL gave a statement to Fox News, stating that the “original wording to the LinkedIn post associated with the event was not accurate.”
“The Pathway to Hockey Summit is an informational and networking event designed to encourage all individuals to consider a career in our game – and, in particular, alert those who might not be familiar with hockey to the opportunities it offers,” the spokesperson explained.
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The backtracking follows the league’s release of a diversity and inclusion report in October, which made a commitment to hiring practices that consider factors like “racial demographics,” “gender identity,” and “sexual orientation.”
In November, the NHL tweeted its support for a “transgender and nonbinary” hockey tournament in Wisconsin, saying, “The NHL is proud to support this past weekend’s Team Trans Draft Tournament in Middleton, Wisconsin. This was the first tournament comprised entirely of transgender and nonbinary players, with around 80 folks participating!”
The NHL affirmed transgender players’ identities in response to a user who asked if men would play on a women’s team during the tournament.
“Trans Women are women,” the NHL went on to write. “Trans men are men. Nonbinary identity is real.”
A report from Breitbart revealed that a transgender female ended up seriously injuring a transgender male player during one of the games in the tournament due to an open-ice hit that resulted in a concussion.