Statement: Regarding my association with the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA) moving forward. pic.twitter.com/m6FgBwG7z2
– Evander Kane (@evanderkane) July 14, 2023
However, since its inception, the ADH has not been able to work jointly with the NHL. The two groups are working on the same issue separately, and the NHL doesn’t really seem to want to recognize the ADH.
And now, Kane has announced that he is withdrawing from the ADH for two reasons: he feels that some guys are there to defend their own interests (and not the cause) and he doesn’t support the methods used by the group.
When you think about the methods (which Kane describes as “combative”), you clearly have to wonder if this has anything to do with the recent committee set up by the NHL to make the sport more accessible, a committee to be headed by P.K. Subban and Anson Carter.
Field hockey Diversity Alliance releases statement in response to the NHL/NHLPA Announcement of the Player Inclusion Coalition. pic.twitter.com/pzhUXdMkXr
– Field hockey Diversity Alliance (@TheOfficialHDA) July 5, 2023
I’m speculating here, but I get the impression that this is kind of what Kane wanted to denounce: the Oilers forward simply seems to want the sport to become more accessible and racism to disappear. And whether that’s done by the ADH or the NHL itself, it’s the result that counts in the end: there’s no point in starting a “war” between two groups who want the same thing.
It’s a shame for the ADH, which loses one of its two co-founders and an important voice within the group. That said, if Kane is at peace with his decision, it’s hard to blame him.
– That’s right.
One Xhekaj is good, but two is better
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) July 14, 2023
– We wish him all the best.
This time, the Flames will stay lit long after the regular season, predicts this player: https://t.co/PhA2Q6MFHx
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) July 14, 2023
– A defenseman joins the Trois-Rivières Lions.
Swedish player Eric Hjorth signs with the Lions de Trois-Rivières. A former 4th round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, but never signed. Played in Sarnia in 19-20 before COVID brought the season to a close.
Played in Sweden and Finland since.
Big 6’3″ puck moving dman.
– Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) July 14, 2023
– Signed by the Red Wings.
The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed defenseman Wyatt Newpower to a one-year, two-way contract worth $775,000 at the NHL level. pic.twitter.com/2sjuLrqHrM
– Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) July 14, 2023
– The NBA was in the spotlight at the most recent edition of the ESPYS.