Anti-Racism in Sport Resources

The Petes are dedicated to ending racism at the rink. As we curate policy and programming in this shift, these are the resources we are leaning on and people we are listening to better educate ourselves. We encourage our fans to check out the links below – simply click on the name of the resource to access it!

What we are reading…

  • Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey – Black hockey players from Grant Fuhr to Jarome Iginla speak for the first time about their experiences in the NHL. Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey is the first book to tell the unique stories of Black hockey players – how they overcame or succumbed to racial and cultural prejudices in playing Canada’s Famous past time.

What we are listening to…

  • Sport Talk with Erica L. Ayala – Sports Reporter Ayala hosts a series of conversations with hockey players, coaches, media members, and more to discuss the role of social justice and activism in women’s hockey.
  • Soul on Ice – A current new-age look at hockey and everything to love about the game, hosted by Peterborough Pete alumnus Akil Thomas, Kwame Damon Mason, and former Niagara IceDog, Elijah Roberts.
  • Burn It All Down – A feminist sports podcast that covers all topics pertaining to sports and culture. Hosts include: Shireen Ahmed, Lindsay Gibbs, Brenda Elsey, Amira Rose Davis, and Jessica Luther.
  • Stick to Sports – This podcast by College Hockey News reporter Jashvina Shah discusses the intersection of sports and civil rights.

What we are watching…

  • Soul on Ice: Past, Present, and Future – This movie presents and retells the virtually unknown contributions of black athletes in ice hockey. Featured in the film are interviews with Wayne Simmonds, Joel Ward, Trevor Daley, Mike Marson, Tony McKegney and five-time NHL Stanley Cup winner Grant Fuhr.
  • Willie – This documentary covers the life and impact of Willie O’Ree, who during the birth of the civil rights movement became the first black player to skate in an NHL game.
  • Track and Field Olympians talk Racism – Olympic athletes Brandon McBride, Melissa Bishop, Damien Warner, Christabel Nettey and Aaron Brown gather together with CBC Sports Anson Henry. to discuss their experiences with racism and their opinions pertaining to it.

Who we are learning from…

  • Akim Aliu, Former OHL and NHL player– Akim Ali brought to light the kinds of struggles BIPOC hockey players, still have to deal with throughout their careers. In late 2020, Akim met with CBC Kids and explained his struggles with racism and the steps he’s taking in order to make hockey a more inclusive game. Click Here to watch the full interview.
  • NHL’s Hockey Diversity Alliance– Seven current and former NHL players have formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance, whose mission is to, “eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey.” The group operates independently of the NHL.
  • Renee Hess, Founder of Black Girl Hockey Club  The Black Girl Hockey Club is a non-profit organization that works to prevent exclusion in hockey based on race, gender, sexuality or ability in the face of institutional racism, financial gatekeeping and program access, by providing education, scholarship opportunities and community spaces that will give Black women access to hockey. The Petes encourages all fans to sign the BGHC, Pledge to Get Uncomfortable.