Happy March everybody!
But more importantly, happy Women’s History Month! A time dedicated to celebrating the amazing accomplishments women have made throughout history and today. While March is dedicated to putting a spotlight on the generations of trailblazing women, it’s important to remember to continue these habits year round as well.
For example, even though February is over, that doesn’t mean that we should stop celebrating Black Excellence. It’s only fitting that we highlight the Black Females that are trailblazing in hockey on and off the ice!
Sarah Nurse has incredibly broken many barriers in the sport of women’s hockey. Not only is nurse leading by example by playing hockey in predominantly white sport, but she also became the first Black woman ever to win gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics. She set the precedent in 2018 when she became the first Black Female Canadian to compete on the Olympic team in when Team Canada won silver!
Blake Bolden became the first and only, Black pro scout when she was hired by the Los Angeles Kings in 2020.. Not only did she lead off the ice but she set the tone on it as well. Bolden was the first-ever Black player to compete in the National Women’s Hockey League!
Meet the Washington Capitals owner, Sheila Johnson! Not only is she the first and only black woman to own an NHL team, but it’s not the only one under her belt. Johnson also owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards and WNBA Washington Mystic.
Renee Hess, an advocate for Black Girls in Hockey, has become a powerful voice since founding Black Girl Hockey Club in 2018. With the goal of making hockey more inclusive, the nonprofit organization has become a consistent safe place for Black women!
Mikyla Grant-Mentis is a forward on the Toronto Six of the Premier Hockey Federation In her rookie season, Grant-Mentis became the first Black player to win the league's Most Valuable Player Award and didn't stop there with the incredible accomplishments. This year, Grant was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for North America!
Black Female representation in sports is crucial for future generations to be successful as well. Goals are that much easier to reach when you can visualize someone that looks like you achieving them. The power that these 5 women hold as role models is truly incredible.