The National Hockey League began its trademarked “Hockey Is For Everyone” (HIFE) program in 1999. The program offers children of all backgrounds—especially inner-city children—the opportunity to play hockey.
The NHL continues to use the slogan. A magazine headline in April 2013 was: “NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Says Hockey Is For Everyone, That Includes Gays.”
About Hockey is for Everyone™
Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) is the National Hockey League’s official youth development program. HIFE provides support and unique programing to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey.
The HIFE initiative leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to help children learn essential life skills, education and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance, and teamwork.
New York (NY) Times
The N.H.L.’s Diversity Program Is Beginning to Pay Dividends
By JASON DIAMOS
Published: November 13, 2005
“I think it’s great for the game,” N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week. “I think diversity is a strength. And I think the fact that we have lots of players of color in our game now is great for the game. And I hope that they serve as role models to people who are interested in our game - both as fans and as young kids - who are looking for role models to emulate. Hockey is for everyone.”
A Reference Handbook
By Maylon Hanold
Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO
The National Hockey League’s efforts are more directed at player participation with their “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative in which they promote hockey in minority neighborhoods.
Sport Public Relations, 2nd Edition:
Managing Stakeholder Communication
By G. Clayton Stoldt, Stephen W. Dittmore and Scott E, Branvold
Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Another illustration is the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) Hockey is for Everyone program. Initiated in 1999, the league’s program is executed in February each year to coincide with Black History Month (NHL, 2010).
On Top magazine
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Says Hockey Is For Everyone, That Includes Gays
BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF
PUBLISHED: APRIL 15, 2013
The National Hockey League (NHL) last week announced it was partnering with the You Can Play Project to fight homophobia and transphobia in sports.
“Our motto is ‘Hockey Is For Everyone,’” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement, “and our partnership with You Can Play certifies that position in a clear and unequivocal way.
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