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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

USA Hockey is committed to fostering a welcoming environment for all by building a diverse, equitable and inclusive game.

We celebrate every race, gender and background to unite as one community.

We believe meaningful action can positively affect important change in our sport and carry over into our everyday lives.



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Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award

Each year, the Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award is given to an individual who — through the sport of hockey — has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society. The award honors Willie O'Ree, who became the first Black player to play in the NHL on Jan. 18, 1958, has spent more than two decades as the NHL's diversity ambassador and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.



Zero-Tolerance Policy

USA Hockey will not tolerate any physical, verbal, or social behavior related to race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability meant to bully, harass, or intimidate another person, on or off the ice. If such conduct occurs on the ice it should be reported to the on-ice officials and will be addressed pursuant to the USA Hockey Playing Rules and result in a match penalty. If such conduct occurs off the ice, it should be reported as soon as possible to a USA Hockey Affiliate Safe Sport Coordinator or directly to USA Hockey below.

Reports alleging abuse or misconduct that are not within the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s exclusive jurisdiction will be referred by USA Hockey staff to the appropriate USA Hockey Affiliate Safe Sport Coordinator, who will oversee the investigation and resolution pursuant to the Safe Sport Program Handbook and the respective Affiliate’s process. Reports that do not fall under the Safe Sport Program will be referred to USA Hockey staff or District or Affiliate representatives as appropriate.

USA Hockey Affiliate Responsibilities

The following document has been developed to assist USA Hockey Affiliates with the management of the directive issued by USA Hockey around Rule 601(e)3.


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