The National Hockey League is in full retreat after it ran afoul of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over its promotion of a discriminatory job fair excluding white people, a spectacularly failed attempt at virtue signaling for a league that badly trails all other major professional sports in terms of popularity in the United States.

In a since-deleted LinkedIn post, the NHL threw its official clout behind the job fair that if the roles were reversed and blacks were banned would have set off the mother of all shitstorms, urging non-white job seekers to register for the February 2, 2023 Pathway to Hockey Summit two days before the annual All-Star Game was hosted by the Florida Panthers in Ft. Lauderdale.

“Participants must be 18 years of age or older, based in the U.S., and identify as female, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, and/or a person with a disability. Veterans are also welcome and encouraged to attend,” read the description of the event.

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However, the NHL’s futile attempt to out-woke the NFL and NBA failed spectacularly after DeSantis delivered a crushing body check, informing the league that he has zero tolerance for such a flagrant display of institutionalized racism in the Sunshine State.

According to a statement issued through the governor’s office and attributed to DeSantis’ press secretary Bryan Griffin, “Discrimination of any sort is not welcome in the state of Florida, and we do not abide by the woke notion that discrimination should be overlooked if applied in a politically popular manner or against a politically unpopular demographic.”

“We are fighting all discrimination in our schools and our workplaces, and we will fight it in publicly accessible places of meeting or activity. We call upon the National Hockey League to immediately remove and denounce the discriminatory prohibitions it has imposed on attendance to the 2023 ‘Pathway to Hockey’ summit,” added the top spox for the popular Republican leader who was recently re-elected in a landslide, steamrolling feckless party jumper Charlie Crist by a whopping 20 points.

The NHL responded by denying that the wording of its original post was inaccurate despite it being clear for all to see, typical leftist gaslighting after someone calls them out for their bigotry.

“The Pathway to Hockey Summit is an informational and networking event designed to encourage all individuals to consider a career in our game – and, in particular, alert those who might not be familiar with hockey to the opportunities it offers,” an NHL spokesperson said in a statement.

Griffin then netted the winning goal in a tweet of a Fox News story on the NHL’s climbdown.

“Florida is where woke goes to die,” he tweeted, burying the puck far up NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s ass.

The NHL recently drew the ire of fans for its promotion of a transgender hockey tournament, a sad sign of the times for a league that has over the years diluted itself to the point there real men like the macho stars who once prowled the ice striking fear into opponents and ready to drop the gloves at a moment’s notice need not apply.

And just in time for the 2023-2024 season, the league put out its first-ever diversity report, concluding that there are too many white people in the NHL workforce, announced by former corporate diversity queen Kim Davis.

And then there was the decision to completely alienate sports-starved fans after the 2019-2020 season resumed after being shut down over the COVID scamdemic when it postponed two nights of playoff games to placed the violent thugs of Black Lives Matter who had torched and looted cities from coast-to-coast during the George Floyd “summer of love” when rampant criminality and hating on whitey was rewarded with full corporate sponsorship and the fealty of all professional sports leagues who bent the knee to the marauding Marxist-inspired militants.

“Black and Brown communities continue to face real, painful experiences. The NHL and NHLPA recognize that much work remains to be done before we can play an appropriate role in a discussion centered on diversity, inclusion and social justice,” the NHL and NHL Players Association said. “We understand that the tragedies involving Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others require us to recognize this moment. We pledge to work to use our sport to influence positive change in society.  In this moment, the NHLPA and NHL are committed to working to foster more inclusive and welcoming environments within our arenas, offices and beyond.”

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Three cheers for Governor DeSantis for taking a stand against a league that is too “woke” for its own good and has been slowly bleeding out by shitting on its own fanbase.