FORT LAUDERDALE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office issued a warning for the National Hockey League’s reported Pathway to Hockey Summit advertisement in Fort Lauderdale for “discrimination.”
In a post on LinkedIn, the NHL says it is only permitting those who meet the following qualifications:
Participants must be 18 years of age or older, based in the U.S., and identify as female, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, and/or a person with a disability. Veterans are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
DeSantis’ office warned the NHL that “discrimination of any sort is not welcome in the state of Florida, and we do not abide by the woke notion that discrimination should be overlooked if applied in a politically popular manner or against a politically unpopular demographic.”
“We are fighting all discrimination in our schools and our workplaces, and we will fight it in publicly accessible places of meeting or activity,” they continued. “We call upon the National Hockey League to immediately remove and denounce the discriminatory prohibitions it has imposed on attendance to the 2023 ‘Pathway to Hockey’ summit.”
The NHL says those who apply to attend the event must have done so by Friday, Jan. 13 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Those who are accepted will be notified on Jan. 17 if they were “accepted to attend.”
To be accepted, they said one must be present in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 2. Registration is free.
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