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    What happens when a black hockey player boycotts the White House?

    Fresh from the latest flare-up, the last-minute cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House visit, American sports and politics are already lurching toward their next racially charged collision. This time, however, the black athlete boycotting the White House is in for a lonely stand. Devante Smith-Pelly, a star hockey player for the Washington Capitals who proved himself indispensable throughout this season, is one of only two black players on his team. Before what would become the last game in the series in June, Mr. Smith-Pelly told a Canadian newspaper that in the event the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup, he would not visit the White House. “The things that [President Trump] spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” Mr. Smith-Pelly said. A Canadian citizen, Mr. Smith-Pelly is unlikely to become the target of the president’s tweets to the same extent as athletes in other, more popular sports like football and basketball. Yet the sheer lack of diversity in hockey will now be highlighted. Mr. Smith-Pelly could raise ongoing questions about diversity in hockey like never before.


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    It will be the biggest non-story in American sports this year. It's a hockey player, that 90% of hockey fans have never heard of.

    Only way it becomes a big deal is if the (American) media makes it one, and the media won't - because it's hockey.
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    think "star hockey player" is a bit of a stretch
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    The statement is one thing, would really love for hockey to have more diversity in general regardless of the team's/players political views. I know the league is trying but, there's more that can be done for sure.
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