In celebration of Black History Month 2020, the NHL Black Hockey History Tour, a uniquely curated mobile museum, will stop in Detroit. The Black History Month celebration is part of Hockey Is For Everyone, a joint NHL and NHLPA initiative that has celebrated diversity and inclusion in hockey since 1996.
The Detroit Red Wings will host Flint Inner-City Youth Hockey program founder Rico Phillips and three players (ages 10, 11 and 12) from the Flint Inner-City Youth Hockey program who will visit the museum and attend their first-ever NHL game that evening. Philips was the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award winner at the 2019 NHL Awards. The award is named after O’Ree, a 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee who became the first black player in the NHL and has worked as the League’s diversity ambassador for more than two decades.
The mobile museum is a part of the second annual Hockeytown Winterfest, family fun and exciting indoor and outdoor activities in a unique setting. The Hockeytown Winterfest is free, open to the public and accessible for fans of all ages. The mobile museum will be parked on the exterior of Little Caesars Arena outside the Comerica entrance (corner of Woodward and Henry) prior to the Red Wings’ game against the Florida Panthers (7pm ET). Access to the NHL museum is free and open to the public.