The Spirit Project to Study Creation of First-Ever Professional Hockey Team Led by First Nation Owners


SkipTheDishes Supports Partnership to Develop Study

Toronto, Ontario and Boston, Mass. – February 2, 2023 – The Spirit Project, a study for the creation of the first-ever professional hockey team led by First Nation owners, was revealed in mid-January. The historic announcement came during The Carnegie Initiative (The CI) Summit in Toronto on January 20-22, 2023, that attracted more than 400 attendees who convened to engage in conversation about making hockey more inclusive and welcoming for all.

Undergraduate and graduate students will work with industry leaders, and be engaged in exploring solutions to establish a pro hockey team led by First Nation owners. An emphasis will be placed on approaching the work with intentionality, through a First Nation and Metis lens, to create a sustainable path – both on and off the ice – for opportunities in hockey for young Indigenous people, particularly girls and women. The project will be managed by Dr. Cheri L. Bradish, Founder of the Future of Sport Lab, and Dr. Richard Norman, Post-Doctoral Fellow.

“In the true sense of truth and reconciliation, I am honoured to be a part of this exciting and meaningful  endeavour, The Spirit Project,” commented Ted Nolan, The CI Board member and  President of 3Nolans which offers a hockey skills development camp for First Nation youth in First Nation communities across Canada.

The Spirit Project will launch through a partnership between First Nation Leaders, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), The CI, and support from SkipTheDishes

“The CI is thrilled to have a teammate like SkipTheDishes who shares our values and vision for changing the culture of hockey. Their belief in the importance of The Spirit Project speaks volumes and helps us continue our work. We remain focused on making this great game available to everyone, and especially marginalized groups who have not been afforded the opportunity to take part in this sport,” The CI Co-Founder Bryant McBride stated.

SkipTheDishes, in partnership with The CI, will contribute funding to support the creation of The Spirit Project. As the Official Food Delivery App of the NHL and the Canadian Olympic Committee, SkipTheDishes is proud to expand its commitment to hockey and help foster a culture of diversity and inclusivity within our nation’s sport.


MISSION: Work to ensure that hockey is inclusive, supportive and welcoming to all. The Carnegie Initiative (The CI), named in honor of legendary hockey player and social justice pioneer Herb Carnegie, was created to ensure opportunity and access to hockey everywhere. Co-founded by Bernice Carnegie and Bryant McBride, and in conjunction with leading academic institutions, The CI aims to accelerate the work started by Herb Carnegie more than 50 years ago to make hockey more diverse and inclusive.

In short, with the help of our partners and supporters, The CI aims to change the culture of hockey.

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