For the Growth of the Game: Addressing Racism in Hockey

Virtual Summit

Conference date: December 10, 2020

This virtual summit engaged attendees with the reality of racial discrimination in hockey by sharing stories from those who have experienced or witnessed this firsthand in the sport.

Through exposure to these stories, attendees understood the reality of the situation, built empathy, and recognized how racial discrimination impacts social participation.

Hosted by Harnarayan Singh (Hockey Night in Canada).


Dr. Marvin Washington

University of Alberta

Lali Toor

Apna Hockey

Devin Buffalo

Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta

Keely Brown

Oilers Entertainment Group

Dr. Courtney Szto

Queen’s University

Moezine Hasham


Erica Ayala

Sports Writer

Jeff Scott


Brian Blake


Hunter Cardinal


Irfan Chaudhry

MacEwan University

Event funded by the Government of Canada.


Opening Faceoff: Racial Discrimination in Hockey –
Understanding the Impact

Hear from Harnaryan Singh as he shares his observations and experiences and reflects on the impact racial discrimination has on hockey – both on and off the ice.

Two Thoughts on Racism in Hockey

Canadian hockey is an interesting site to discuss racism. Some might think that any racism that occurs would be a “one-off”. Others might think given the pride that Canadians have in hockey and the lack of diversity, hockey might be a place where racism is prevalent. I want to share two thoughts about racism in…

Community Experiences of Racial Discrimination in Hockey

Hear from players, coaches, and administrators involved in all levels of hockey share their insights and experiences related to racial discrimination in hockey.

Anti-Racism in Canadian Hockey

Dr. Szto will provide highlights from her policy paper developed from a Roundtable on Racism in Hockey hosted at Queen’s University in 2019. The policy paper is designed (1) to advocate for policy changes, (2) to invigorate the need for the re-education of coaches, parents, players, and officials on the importance of anti-racism, and (3)…

Powerplay: “Movement, Not A Moment”

NHL leaders discuss the initiatives and programs the League is doing to create experiences throughout the hockey ecosystem that are welcoming and inclusive of all communities.

Unconscious Bias and its Impact on Sports

This session will provide an overview of unconscious bias and its impact on sports.

Roots of Our Game – Connecting with the Past to Imagine the Future of Hockey

Explore hockey’s Indigenous roots and learn from its great and storied past as a community-building tradition on Turtle Island. Attendees will leave this session with a history of hockey in Canada, the role of sports in healthy communities, and practical takeaways about how to reinvigorate the spirit of our game today.

Barriers in Addressing Racial Discrimination in Hockey

There are a number of barriers players, coaches, and others involved with organized hockey face when trying to address racial discrimination in hockey. In this panel, we will highlight some of those barriers, as well as highlight possible ways to break down those barriers.