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AKIM ALIU STARTS BIPOC YOUTH HOCKEY TEAM IN ONTARIO

Former Canadian professional hockey player Akim Aliu has helped establish a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) team that played in a tournament this weekend in Toronto.

“I didn’t think something like this would ever happen,” Aliu said to CBC Toronto. “I’m kind of speechless to be able to provide this for the kids.”

The team was put together by Aliu’s Time to Dream Foundation, an organization established to help underprivileged youth “succeed in life through sport” by making sports more inclusive, diverse and accessible. It hits close to home for Aliu, who says he too didn’t always have the financial opportunities to play hockey and in tournaments while he was growing up.

The 31-year-old Aliu has talked recently about the racial abuse he suffered during his hockey career, which included specific examples from former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters. The allegations resulted in the firing of Peters just days later. Aliu himself played in seven career games with the Flames, however his time spent with Peters was in the AHL.



Since coming forward, Aliu has used his platform to help end racism in hockey. The formation of this team has been one of many different things Aliu has done.


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SEPTEMBER 14, 2020  (13H01)
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