The National Hockey League (NHL) announced Wednesday that it will grant the Diversity Visa lottery to teams with a female player on their roster, bringing the number of teams eligible for the lottery to 18.
The NHL has announced similar plans for other sports as well, with the goal of bringing in a greater diversity of talent to the game.
The National Hockey Association (Nhl) announced Tuesday that it would be offering a diversity lottery to its teams.
The Nhl announced the change at its annual convention.
“It’s about creating a fairer playing field,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the press at the conference.
“We want to ensure that every franchise has a shot at playing in the NHL, whether it’s in the National Hockey Conference or any other division.”
The NHL has had a diversity prize in the past, but it’s never been used to select the best teams for the league.
The goal is to give teams that have the potential to play in the league a better shot at it.
In order to be eligible for a diversity Visa, a team needs to have at least five players from underrepresented backgrounds on its roster.
The diversity prize will only be awarded to teams that meet the following criteria: Team size: 20 or more.
Gender: 100 percent women, or one-half male.
Race: Black or African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian.
Language: English, Spanish or Chinese.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for all of our teams to come together and have a shot,” said Daly.
“I’m so proud that we’ve taken that step.
We’re excited about the future of this league and the potential that comes with being an elite hockey franchise.”
The Diversity Visa will be awarded for the 2017-18 season.
If a team is not eligible for this year’s lottery, it will not be eligible next season.
For the first time in franchise history, the Nhl will award the Diversity Lottery to two teams, instead of the two currently in place.
The Diversity Lotteries is the first of its kind in the history of the NHL.
The league announced last year that it was looking to expand the lottery into other sports, but the goal was not met.
The first lottery in 2018 was for the American Hockey League, which was awarded the Diversity Prize for the first-ever season.
The NBA has been looking to add diversity to its leagues for years, with several teams in the NBA including the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers adding diversity.
The League’s Commissioner, Adam Silver, said the league is open to adding other sports to its diversity program.