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Programs giving kids chance to play

Updated: February 19, 2009, 1:18 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Look around the NHL and the league looks a little different than in the past. The change might be subtle, but the NHL boasts a record 48 players from minority backgrounds who have played this season. Thirty-one of those players have permanent roster spots, and there are 6 or so players from minority groups playing in the AHL or ECHL.

"The number is going up and up and up. It's kind of the changing face of the NHL," said Ken Martin, who has been overseeing the NHL's diversity program for ...

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