Buffalo Sabres owner and team president Kim Pegula, along with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, will co-chair the league's first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Senior Leadership Council.
The appointment came Tuesday with the announcement that the NHL has joined the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to expand "Hockey is for Everyone," a campaign run by the NHL and its players association to promote inclusion on the ice, in locker rooms, boardrooms and the stands.
The NHL announced the partnership following Tuesday's inaugural "Declaring our Principles – Advancing Equity: A Summit on Inclusion," which took place at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. The partnership between the league and BJKLI will support research, action, advocacy and collaboration with organizations that have a significant community impact.
The council on which Pegula will serve will "demonstrate the league's continue commitment to diversity and inclusion and work to bring about internal change through workplace culture initiatives and employee engagement," according to a news release.
The NHL and the NHLPA also announced the creation of the Female Hockey Ambassador Program, which will provide NHL clubs with funding and enhanced opportunities to use ambassadors – either current or former women's national team players – as community liaisons to promote women's hockey.