The NHL’s fan base doesn’t exactly trend in a politically correct direction. A 2020 Morning Consult poll indicated that NHL fans skewed more conservative, as well as whiter, than fans of other American sports leagues. In a follow-up tweet, the NHL made it clear to its Twitter followers that trans ideology wasn’t up for discussion. The league turned off replies in a message where hockey fans were told that “nonbinary identity is real.”
The NHL is proud to support this past weekend’s Team Trans Draft Tournament in Middleton, Wisconsin. This was the first tournament comprised entirely of transgender and nonbinary players, with around 80 folks participating! #HockeyIsForEveryone #NHLPride pic.twitter.com/OfEoAVXtH5— NHL (@NHL) November 22, 2022
Can you imagine two “nonbinary” hockey players slugging it out on the ice before a power play in the next Stanley Cup? You might not have to use your imagination, before long. The NHL has also taken steps toward engineering the racial and ethnic makeup of its player base. The league commissioned a report on diversity, equity, and inclusion earlier this year, according to the Associated Press. While NHL’s player base skews whiter, it’s inaccurate to describe hockey players as lacking in ethnic diversity. The NHL has one of the most robust international player bases in American professional sports, many of them hailing from nations in the far northern hemisphere where ice and snow is a part of life. Of course, you could never envision leagues such as the NFL and NBA scrutinizing the racial background of their own player base as if it were a problem. Both leagues are dominated by black players. Maybe American professional sports really are gone if even hockey isn’t immune to transgender and social justice propaganda. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Nonbinary identity is real.— NHL (@NHL) November 22, 2022