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 “numerous job seekers who’re pursuing careers in hockey.”

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

“Participants should be 18 years of age or older, primarily based within the US, and determine 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.

“Discrimination of any type is just not welcome within the state of Florida, and we don’t abide by the woke notion that discrimination needs to be neglected if utilized in a politically common method or towards a politically unpopular demographic. We are preventing all discrimination in our colleges 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 “authentic wording of the LinkedIn submit 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, specifically, alert those that may not be accustomed to hockey to the alternatives it provides,” the NHL spokesperson mentioned .

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

In an additional 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 probably be stuffed with visitor audio system and panelists, networking alternatives, and extra!,” the submit says of the occasion.

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