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Brought to you by the Hockey Diversity Alliance, HDAtv is an educational video series that brings the conversation of racism and discrimination in hockey to the forefront.

About HDAtv

The Grassroots Original Hockey League (GOHL) is not just about playing the game. It’s about community integration, empowerment, and using sport as a tool to broaden horizons and create new possibilities for youth in underserved areas.

The series will provide historical context, teach mindfulness and offer education on allyship. Our intent is to deepen understanding of the challenges faced by BIPOC and other minority players while fostering acceptance, inclusion and opportunity for everyone in the hockey community.

Who should watch

Whether you play, coach, parent, volunteer, are a fan or an educator, there are lessons you can learn from our modules. Our videos are designed for all ages with all aspects of hockey in mind—offering knowledge and advice to make hockey more inclusive at every level.


Hockey’s history of racism and discrimination is important for everyone to know. HDAtv can also teach your staff tips on mindfulness and allyship.


Help your team understand some of the most important history behind the game and how to be allies for their teammates.


Interested in expanding your knowledge on the historical context behind why we started HDA? HDAtv is exactly what you’re looking for.

Video Modules

The HDAtv Modules

Working in conjunction with the HDA Academic Panel and our friends at Sportsnet, we have developed three video modules that cover a wide range of topics including the history of BIPOC hockey players, racism towards Asian, Indigenous and Black players, other forms of discrimination based on religion, gender, and sexual orientation.

Module 1


Learn about Willie O’Ree, Larry Kwong, Fred Sasakamoose and other BIPOC pioneers who have helped shape the sport.

Module 2

Unconscious Bias

Listen to real life experiences from current and former NHL players and learn from diversity experts on HDA’s Academic Panel.

Module 3

Re-enactments – Coming Soon

Watch a variety of real-life-inspired events that happen both on and off the ice, then discuss with your team, peers or classmates how you could improve those situations.

HDA Academic Panel

Our established team of academics generously helped us develop HDAtv.

Courtney Szto, PhD

Assistant Professor Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

Szto’s research focuses on the relationship between physical cultures and intersectional justice. She examines race and citizenship in Canadian hockey culture and has focused on South Asian experiences in hockey, as well as the struggle to professionalize women’s hockey.

Janelle Joseph, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto

Joseph is the founder and director of IDEAS (Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-Racism in Sport) Research lab. Her work has focused on Black Canadian leadership and coaching and her interests include embodiment, anti-racism policy and physical activity access.

Amorell Saunders N’Daw, M.Ed

Partner and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at KBRS

N’Daw is a trained journalist (Toronto Metropolitan University) who has also served as a senior administrator at Canada’s largest university, where she received several leadership awards due to her commitment towards diversity, equity and inclusion.

Maydianne Andrade, PhD, FRCGS

University Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough

Andrade is President of the Canadian Black Scientists Network. As founder and co-chair of the Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Excellence (TIDE) she has provided education on bias and inclusion in professional contexts for close to ten years.