NHL backs down from diversity job fair posting in face of pressure from DeSantis administration
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Hockey league scuttles criteria after administration criticism.

The Ron DeSantis administration is able to declare victory over a major sports league, which changed plans for a diversity job fair in South Florida.

Fox News Digital first reported that the National Hockey League has abandoned plans to hold a job fair that would have opened up opportunities to various groups historically marginalized in the United States.

The so-called “Pathway to Hockey Summit,” to be held Feb. 2 in Fort Lauderdale during the NHL’s All-Star Weekend, was originally tailored to “diverse job seekers who are pursuing careers in hockey,” according to a now-deleted LinkedIn post that raised the ire of the DeSantis administration.

“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. Veterans are also welcome and encouraged to attend,” asserted the previous event description, which drew the ire of a DeSantis spokesperson.

“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. We are fighting all discrimination in our schools and our workplaces, and we will fight it in publicly accessible places of meeting or activity,” Bryan Griffin told Fox News Friday.

The revised posting eliminates any reference to ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and military veteran status.

“The Pathway to Hockey Summit is a career event, especially to encourage those that historically have not been exposed to hockey and all who are interested in learning more about career opportunities in the sport.”

The NHL distanced itself from the previous language as “not accurate,” suggesting that the intent was really to reach out to people unfamiliar with hockey.

“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 NHL spokesperson said.

The NHL seems to have extended its deadline for registration in light of the revised criteria.

Florida’s Voice reported that the original deadline for registration was Friday the 13th, with accepted applicants to be told on Tuesday Jan. 17. The updated posting says that they will now be told a week later, on Jan. 24.

Though the wording has been changed, reminders of the previous job search remain on career boards, such as ones from the University of Southern California and the University of Pennsylvania. These postings still maintain that participants “must … identify as female, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, and/or a person with a disability,” or be military veterans.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ok then

    January 14, 2023 at 9:53 am

    The whitest supremacist on earth made sure the whitest sport on earth stayed boring lol

    • Robert Ferrara

      January 16, 2023 at 12:54 pm

      Very constructive comment

      • Thank you

        January 17, 2023 at 10:18 pm

        Thank you.
        Not like your people build anything anything anymore. Too busy crying about how Mexicans take their job as an apple picker lol

  • Vince Edwards

    January 14, 2023 at 11:06 am

    It doesn’t say anywhere that “white” applicants cannot apply for jobs with the NHL. Are we going to cancel all the outreach from the professional golfing associations now. What a pathetic team DeSantis has around him!

    • Martin Tall

      January 14, 2023 at 2:19 pm

      It was clear that straight white people weren’t welcome. Stop supporting racism.

      • Steve

        January 14, 2023 at 4:30 pm

        So you don’t think there are any straight white people with disabilities or military veterans?

        • Jorge W

          January 14, 2023 at 4:58 pm

          So you think it’s okay to only permit white males under certain requirements that don’t apply to other races? Enough of the racist comments! Let’s move on and promote equality.

      • Sure

        January 14, 2023 at 8:42 pm

        There is like like only 3 black guys in the NHL but sorry you feel so unwelcome lol

        • Viv

          January 14, 2023 at 11:28 pm

          But more than 80% of the NFL is black. You don’t think there’s a problem there?

          • Oh ron

            January 15, 2023 at 8:43 pm

            “More then 80 percent of the nfl is black”

            No one cry’s and jumps up and down when white players join the nfl Ron lol

    • Get a life

      January 14, 2023 at 5:27 pm

      Can’t you read? The listing states that participants must be black, indigenous, etc., etc. Whites can’t apply. Veterans welcome to apply? Is that as long as they’re not white? Any discrimination is illegal…and unfair…even against white people.

      • Hear that

        January 15, 2023 at 8:47 pm

        “Whites can’t apply”

        You hear that everyone?
        White people can’t Join the NHL anymore forever.
        Or maybe you miss the point of what a diversity initiative is.
        Florida education on top again lol

  • [email protected]

    January 14, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    sure, Gretzky can hang with the trumpster and the liv tournament. thanks NHL.

  • Robert Ferrara

    January 16, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    So if there were an NFL job fair where African Americans need not apply, everyone would be OK with that?

    • Is that it?

      January 17, 2023 at 10:15 pm

      You afraid Black people will replace you like Mexicans are? Lol

  • Phew

    January 16, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Awesome. This is a pretty obvious step in the right direction. There are enough organizations and institutions attempting to divide us by our immutable characteristics as it is. 10 years from now we will all look back positively on these moments as the racists retreat back underground.

  • WhiteTony

    January 16, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    Omitting people because of their race is the definition of division.

  • Jp

    January 16, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    Doesn’t matter what color or gender you are. Or if you identify yourself s a doorknob. If you suck you can’t play.

  • Simon

    January 17, 2023 at 10:39 am

    The liberal’s agendas are to divide us. Create hatred where there’s none. Don’t fall prey into their traps. After all, regardless of your ethnicity and colors, we are Americans.

    • No

      January 17, 2023 at 10:15 pm

      “We are Americans”

      Not you lol

  • Simon

    January 17, 2023 at 10:39 am

    The liberal’s agendas are to divide us. Create hatred where there’s none. Don’t fall prey into their traps. After all, regardless of your ethnicity and colors, we are Americans.

  • Myron

    January 17, 2023 at 11:50 am

    There was no need to put the discriminatory part in the listing. Because of the focus of the event, people from marginalized groups would have showed up anyway. Some percentage of people who come will be white. So what? They have a right to attend an event open to the general public. Many orgs do similar outreach without adding a phrase that amounts to “white people don’t come.” The poor wording gave the fla guv a chance to grandstand which he did, but he is basically right in this case (minus the silly “woke” terminology. )

    • Other hand

      January 17, 2023 at 10:17 pm

      “The poor wording”

      Words have nothing to do with white people not being able to read
      Oh wait yes it does lol

  • S Ridle

    January 18, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    Lol, DeSantis scare word “woke.”

  • tom palmer

    January 21, 2023 at 9:54 am

    I still don’t understand why we have hockey in Florida in the first place.

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