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NHL must back up its 'Declaration of Principles' with action

NHL must back up its 'Declaration of Principles' with action

Last year, the NHL sent former players Luc Robitaille and Pat LaFontaine to the Vatican for a conference on faith and sports.

On Wednesday, in the wake of that meeting, the NHL and the NHL Players Association released what they are calling a “Declaration of Principles,” which are designed to “advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community,” according to a league press release.

With the eight principles, the NHL and NHLPA are asserting that people of all ages, races, genders, socio-economic status and sexual orientations can play hockey, and it is up to the...