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Hockey Hall of Famer Willie O'Ree, right, waves to the crowd before dropping the ceremonial puck before an NHL hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the Edmonton Oilers in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

NHL's 1st black player says league working to fight racism

Feb. 5, 2020 1:56 AM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Willie O'Ree is hopeful that one day sports will be free of racism and bigotry, yet thinks it's still a long way off. The 84-year-old O'Ree, the first black player in the NHL, took part in the league's Black History Month Tour in Ottawa, which features a mobile curated museum...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013, file photo, Calgary Flames right wing Akim Aliu loses control of the puck as the blade of his stick breaks off, while Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Former NHL forward Aliu expects

Akim Aliu, who spoke out about racism, signs with Czech team

Jan. 21, 2020 10:05 PM EST

Akim Aliu, the player who helped prompt a new discussion about racism and coaching behavior in hockey, is heading back to the ice. Aliu signed Tuesday in the Czech Extraliga for the remainder of the season. He joins HC Litvínov with 14 games left in the season, giving him a chance to display his game to any...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock shouts from behind the bench during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Toronto. Babcock and Peter Laviolette are among the six coaches already fired this season. (Hans Deryk/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Analysis: NHL season marked by coaching carousel, changes

Jan. 15, 2020 3:15 PM EST

Firing coaches during the season has been relatively common in the NHL for decades. The volume is nonetheless jaw-dropping in 2019-20 — and there is still half a season to go. Seven coaches have been either fired or forced out. Gerard Gallant of the Golden Knights became the latest casualty Wednesday when...

FILE - In this April 7, 2012, file photo, Anaheim Ducks' Sheldon Brookbank, left, checks Calgary Flames' Akim Aliu, a Nigerian-born Canadian, during third period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alberta. Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said the team is looking into an accusation that head coach Bill Peters directed racial slurs toward a Nigerian-born hockey player a decade ago in the minor leagues, then arranged for the player’s demotion when he complained. Akim Aliu tweeted Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.” (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

'This is for real' - journeyman Aliu sparks hockey reckoning

Dec. 22, 2019 8:33 AM EST

VAUGHAN, Ontario (AP) — There was no breaking point or seminal moment that prompted Akim Aliu to post two tweets less than a minute apart that would rock the NHL in a matter of hours. Aliu was scrolling through the timeline on his phone when he saw a report of how just-fired Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike...