NHL backtracks after Florida Gov. Ron Desantis’ office blasts league for ‘discriminatory’ job fair

After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office blasted the National Hockey League for internet hosting a “discriminatory” job fair that solely permits sure teams of individuals to attend, the league backtracked and mentioned the occasion is open to all people over 18-years-old.

The occasion, titled “Pathway to Hockey Summit” is scheduled for on Feb. 2 in the course of the 2023 All Star Festivities in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and seeks to assist “various job seekers who’re pursuing careers in hockey.”

According to a now-deleted put up by the NHL selling the occasion on LinkedIn, the occasion is barely open to sure teams of individuals.

“Participants should be 18 years of age or older, primarily based within the US, and establish as feminine, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, and/or an individual with a incapacity. Veterans are additionally welcome and inspired to attend,” the occasion description states.

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In an announcement, Bryan Griffin, press secretary for DeSantis, mentioned that the occasion is discriminatory.

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“Discrimination of any type is just not welcome within the state of Florida, and we don’t abide by the woke notion that discrimination ought to be neglected if utilized in a politically widespread method or in opposition to a politically unpopular demographic. We are preventing all discrimination in our faculties and our workplaces, and we are going to battle it in publicly accessible locations of assembly or exercise,” Griffin mentioned.

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Griffin additionally mentioned that the NHL ought to “instantly take away and denounce the discriminatory prohibitions it has imposed on attendance on the 2023 ‘Pathway to Hockey’ summit.”

In an announcement to Fox News Digital, the NHL mentioned the “unique wording of the LinkedIn put up related to the occasion was not correct.”

“The Pathway to Hockey Summit is an informational and networking occasion designed to encourage all people to think about a profession in our sport – and, particularly, alert those that may not be aware of hockey to the alternatives it provides,” the NHL spokesperson mentioned .

The NHL deleted the occasion posting from its LinkedIn account on Friday evening.

In an extra clarification, the spokesperson mentioned the occasion is open to anybody aged 18 and older.

Several hockey groups are sending representatives to the occasion, together with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Seattle Kraken, Washington Capitals, and the Carolina Hurricanes.

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“The day will likely be crammed with visitor audio system and panelists, networking alternatives, and extra!,” the put up says of the occasion.

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