Ahead of the 2023 NHL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee State University has announced that it will become the first HBCU to introduce college hockey. TSU’s ice hockey program was formed through a partnership with the NHL, the NHLPA, and the Nashville Predators.
Whether TSU will get a men’s hockey team, women’s hockey team, or both still remains to be seen. A more formal announcement is expected prior to the start of the 2023 draft at Bridgestone Arena.
This is another step from the NHL and the NHLPA in attempting to reach more players and fans from diverse backgrounds. On Tuesday, the league announced the creation of the Player Inclusion Coalition (PIC), which is a collection of 20 former NHL and women’s professional hockey players “who will work to advance equality and inclusion in the sport of hockey.”
Former NHL players Anson Carter and P.K. Subban are the co-chairs of the organization, Carter said the group wants to create positive change for “underrepresented groups” within the game.
“Every member of the NHL Player Inclusion Coalition shares a passion to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of the hockey community. It has been incredible to work together to amplify the role of Players as advisors, ambassadors, and catalysts for real change, which benefits underrepresented groups in the game,” Carter said in a statement. “As we enter the coalition’s next phase, we are excited to grow our impact by sharing more of our work with fans to invite everyone who loves hockey to join the movement with us.”
The NHL and NHLPA have set aside $1 million for the PIC to begin its efforts in making hockey a more inclusive sport.
Familiar foes Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake will square off in the 2023 U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Wednesday on the CBS Golazo Network. The Dynamo are hosting Wednesday’s match and coming off of a 5-0 home win against the Portland Timbers. Meanwhile, RSL have been on a two-week hiatus after falling 5-0 to LAFC on the road on Aug. 8.
Houston are the +109 favorites (risk $100 to win $104) in the latest Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake odds, while RSL are +210 underdogs. A draw returns +225 on the 90-minute money line. The over/under for total goals is 2.5. Kickoff from Shell Energy Stadium in Houston is at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. You can stream Houston vs. Salt Lake City on the CBS Sports Golazo Network.
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How to watch Salt Lake vs. Houston Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake date: Wednesday, August 23 Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake time: 9:30 p.m. ET Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake live stream: CBS Sports Golazo Network What you need to know about Houston The Dynamo will be playing on shorter rest than Salt Lake, who were booted from the Leagues Cup two weeks ago. They should be full of confidence, however, after their big home win against the Timbers which saw five different players find the back of the net.
Houston also benefit greatly from playing in front of their home crowd. They have eight wins, two draws and two losses through 12 games at Shell Energy Stadium this season. Stream the match here.
What you need to know about Salt Lake Real Salt Lake were unbeaten in nine straight MLS matches, which is what helped them move up to third in the league table. They had also been a strong road team prior to being clean-sheeted by LAFC two weeks ago.
RSL have the advantage of being well-rested for Wednesday’s match since they haven’t played since Aug. 8. They also have a leg-up since they are unbeaten in their last 11 matches against Houston. Stream the match here.
How to watch, live stream Houston vs. Salt Lake in the 2023 U.S. Open Cup SportsLine soccer expert Martin Green’s best bet for this matchup is a halftime draw at +115 odds. Five of the last seven matches between these teams have ended in a draw and there have been three consecutive 0-0 finishes at Shell Energy Stadium. “Fourteen of Houston’s 24 games this season have been all-square at the break, so the odds on a draw at half-time in this game also look attractive.” See more analysis here.