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New York Rangers issue Statement on K’Andre Miller Conference Call interruption

The New York Rangers back in March agreed to contract terms with K’Andre Miller, the team’s first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

On Friday, April 3, the Rangers hosted a Zoom video call with the 20-year-old to help introduce him to the fans. During the call, someone in the video chat repeatedly posted a racial slur, basically overflowing the chat which did not allow any more questions to get through.

Eventually, the NHL Public Relations team was able to disable the chat altogether.

The Rangers then released a statement of their own, saying: “We held an online video chat with fans and New York Rangers prospect, K’Andre Miller, during which a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible. We were incredibly appalled by this behavior, which has no place online, on the ice, or anywhere, and we are investigating the matter.”




NHL releases Statement on interruption during K’Andre Miller Conference call

NEW YORK (April 3, 2020) – The National Hockey League today released the following statement:


“The National Hockey League is appalled that a video call arranged today by the New York Rangers to introduce their fans to one of the League’s incoming stars, K’Andre Miller, was hacked with racist, cowardly taunts. The person who committed this despicable act is in no way an NHL fan and is not welcome in the hockey community.


“No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our League. We join with the Rangers in condemning this disgusting behavior.”




NY Rangers sign Defenseman K’Andre Miller to entry-level contract

Rangers’ first-round pick in 2018 NHL Entry Draft


The New York Rangers announced during March that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman K’Andre Miller on an entry-level contract. Miller’s contract begins at the start of the 2020-21 season.

Miller, 20, skated in 36 games with the University of Wisconsin this season, registering seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He established a collegiate career-high in goals this season; Miller’s seven goals were tied for the 11th-most among NCAA defensemen in 2019-20 and were also tied for the most among NCAA defensemen who were in their U20 season or younger this season. He posted a collegiate career-high six-game point streak from Nov. 15 to Dec. 1 (three goals, four assists over the span).

K'Andre Miller (courtesy Wisconsin Athletics)

The 6-5, 210-pounder skated in 62 career collegiate games over two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20) with the University of Wisconsin, registering 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points. Over the last two seasons, Miller’s 12 goals and 40 points were each tied for the second-most among NCAA defensemen who were in their U20 season or younger over the span. He was named to the Big Ten All-Rookie Team, was named an Honorable Mention for the Big Ten All-Star Team, and was named a finalist for the Big Ten Freshman of the Year during the 2018-19 season. Miller recorded 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 26 games as a freshman last season, and he led NCAA freshmen defensemen in assists per game (0.65) and points per game (0.85) in 2018-19.

Internationally, the St. Paul, Minnesota native has represented the United States in several tournaments. Miller played in the IIHF World Junior Championship in each of the last two years (2019 and 2020); he helped the United States earn a silver medal in the tournament in 2019 and served as one of the team’s alternate captains in 2020. He also helped the United States earn a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship.

Miller was selected by the Rangers in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.





NHL, NHLPA to provide Families free online access to Future Goals Program

Online Educational Hockey-Themed Resource Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Skills Now Available to Parents


NEW YORK / TORONTO (April 1, 2020) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL), who both remain committed to supporting their fans and families during this ever-changing and difficult time, will now be providing free remote access to Hockey Scholar™ – the hockey-themed STEM curriculum for elementary and middle-school-aged students, powered by EVERFI and part of the NHL & NHLPA Future Goals™ Program.


For the first time since its launch in 2014, the Hockey Scholar program, which consists of 12 learning modules, will be available for both teachers and parents to access. Up until now, the program has only been available through educational institutions and educators. Amid school closures, many parents are challenged with educating their children while they’re away from the classroom and this expanded access to the Hockey Scholar program provides families with educational resources to support them.


Along with increased online access to Future Goals educational resources, a few select players from around the NHL will be playing a role in helping teachers, parents, and students connect and interact with the online Future Goals materials.


Students who complete the Future Goals – Hockey Scholar program will not only gain an understanding of foundational STEM concepts; they’ll also be introduced to careers in hockey related to STEM. The NHL, NHLPA and EVERFI understand that hockey has always been more than a game – it’s a community built around sport and these online tools will allow families to remain connected to the hockey community during this unprecedented time.


Examples of activities within the Future Goals – Hockey Scholar program include:


  • Exploring the engineering behind equipment such as skates, sticks, and goalie pads.


  • Calculating the surface area and volume of the ice.


  • Reviewing the different states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas).


  • Analysis of geometric constructions and how angles are a key component of the game.


  • Examination of mass, velocity, and kinetic energy premised on player speed and game dynamics.


Since 2014, over 3.1 million students have participated in the Future Goals program accounting for more than 6.5 million hours of learning. Students who participated in the program saw their STEM skills increase by 82 percent while 93 percent of teachers who incorporated it into their students’ coursework said they would recommend the program to fellow teachers.


Families looking for more information on the Future Goals Hockey Scholar program, including how to enroll, can access these details by visiting Families can also follow and join the conversation on social media by searching #HockeyAtHome and #HockeyScholar.

About the National Hockey League Players’ Association

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labour organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labour relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the past 20 years, more than 80,000 deserving children in 34 countries have benefited from the players’ donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals & Dreams has donated more than $25 million to grassroots hockey programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit


About the National Hockey League

The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, consists of 31 Member Clubs and proudly welcomes its 32nd franchise, based in Seattle, for the 2021-22 season. Each team roster reflects the League’s international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented, all vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Gary Bettman has served the NHL as Commissioner since February 1, 1993 and has guided the world’s top professional hockey league to more than $5 billion in annual revenues and partnerships with more than 40 blue chip corporate sponsors. Every year, the NHL entertains more than 670 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio; more than 151 million followers – league, team and player accounts combined – across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube; and more than 100 million fans online at The League broadcasts games in more than 160 countries and territories through its rightsholders including NBC/NBCSN and the NHL Network™ in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, Viasat in the Nordic Region, Yandex in Russia and CCTV and Tencent in China. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. Having entered the esports world in 2018, the League hosts the NHL Gaming World Championship™ annually, drawing record digital streaming audiences during the 2019 campaign. Fans are engaged across the League’s digital assets on mobile devices via the free NHL® App; across nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™; and on, available in eight languages and featuring unprecedented access to player and team statistics as well as every regular-season and playoff game box score dating back to the League’s inception, powered by SAP. The NHL is committed to building healthy and vibrant communities through the sport of hockey by increasing youth participation and engagement; fostering positive family experiences; promoting inclusion, positive culture and leadership; and supporting sustainable community impact.


About EVERFI, Inc.

EVERFI is an international technology company driving social change through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to prescription drug safety to workplace conduct and other critical topics. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) community engagement platform and has reached more than 30 million learners globally. Recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2020, EVERFI powers community engagement in a sustained manner to empower individuals and organizations to make an impact within their communities. The Company also convenes Networks to bring together financial institutions, colleges and universities, and some of the largest corporations to leverage insights and connections to drive impact. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Advance, Rethink Education and Rethink Impact. To learn more about EVERFI visit or follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, or Twitter @EVERFI.


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jayne Barrett (NHL), Ryan Parker (NHLPA), Jennifer Edgerly (EVERFI); COURTESY NHLPA and




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