League releases first diversity and inclusion report

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For the NHL to improve its workplace diversity, it first had to find the benchmark.

Following the league’s Board of Governors meeting Tuesday, the NHL released its first-ever diversity and inclusion report among the league office and 32 teams. The goal, NHL executive vice president of social impact and growth initiatives Kim Davis said, is to create a starting point that the league can measure and hold itself accountable against over the coming years.

“We have this baseline from now to launch,” Davis told USA TODAY Sports. 

She added: “You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you are. I think that was the real reason and purpose when I shared the idea with (commissioner Gary Bettman) and the owners of ultimately producing this report.

“It’s not to have a nice, glossy report. It’s for us to be transparent regarding where we are across all of these important dimensions that we know ultimately lead to increased fandom.”

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According to the data compiled earlier this year, 83.6% of league employees identify as white. Asian people were the next-highest group represented (4.17%), while Black and Hispanic people make up 3.74% and 3.71%, respectively, of staff. Indigenous persons accounted for 0.5% of the workforce. Five clubs do not have a form of a functioning diversity and inclusion group.  

On the ice, players are roughly 90% white, according to a 2020 FiveThirtyEight analysis

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