On August 30, the Toronto Red Wings announced a three-year strategic partnership with Hockey Equality. The partnership will strive to further the Red Wings’ commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion, while continuing to make hockey a game for all.
Hockey Equality was founded in 2021 by retired National Hockey League player and Greater Toronto Hockey League alumnus Anthony Stewart. The organization works to create sustainable programming across North America designed to meet the needs of BIPOC, female, and equity deserving youth.
“Hockey Equality is very excited to continue our momentum with our partnership with the Toronto Red Wings organization,” said Anthony Stewart, Hockey Equality Chairman. “With [Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion] workshops along with on ice coaching and development, Hockey Equality and the Red Wings are committed to making the game of hockey more accessible to all!”
The partnership will incorporate Red Wing coaches, advocating and counselling for impacted families, and assistance with advising in areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Red Wings will also make contributions to Hockey Equality in 2023, 2024, and 2025, helping the organization provide high-level coaching and development for equity deserving youth.
“The Red Wings are extremely happy to partner with Hockey Equality to support diversity and inclusion in the game of hockey,” said Kain Allicock, Toronto Red Wings Assistant General Manager. “Hockey Equality has been doing extremely great work for quite some time with BIPOC, female, and disadvantaged youth, and we’re happy to help any way we can, both now and in the future.”