Diversity and Representation in Maple Leafs Organization: A Halfhearted Reality

We are living through a strange and unique time, not only because of the global pandemic but also because of all that is going on in the world when it comes to racism and police brutality, particularly in the US and Canada. As hockey fans, It’s hard not to think about how this intersects with the world of sports. On July 13th, day one of Phase Three of the Return to Play plan, the entirety of the Maple Leafs roster came to practice in Black Lives Matter t-shirts. When asked about it captain John Tavares said, “On a day when everyone wants to talk about hockey and was excited to get back to playing, it’s important to have the Black Lives Matter movement be prevalent, and we want to make sure that’s not lost in all of this.”

“On a day when everyone wants to talk about hockey and was excited to get back to playing, it’s important to have that #BlackLivesMatter movement be prevalent, and we want to make sure that’s not lost in all of this.” pic.twitter.com/y9w1yxjzV2
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 14, 2020

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

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