February is Hockey Is For Everyone month in the NHL; Abdelkader to serve as Wings’ ambassador

The NHL and NHLPA have joined forces to celebrate Hockey Is For Everyone month, and as part of the long slate of initiatives and promotions, the NHL has named 31 player ambassadors for a month focused upon inclusiveness in the hockey community.

Justin Abdelkader will represent the Red Wings during Hockey Is For Everyone month, and it will be interesting to find out whether the Red Wings will celebrate diversity in hockey. As of today, there are no listed HIFE promotions for the month, but that could change very quickly.

I am a big supporter of the concept that hockey really is for everyone–my middle-school friend Joe Kim introduced me to a sport with a dynamic Russian (Sergei Fedorov) playing for the Red Wings, and as my dad wasn’t a hockey person, my mom helped teach me how to play. I truly believe that anyone can develop a passion for the sport, and I believe it’s incredibly important to send that message.

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