The NHL and NHLPA this year will celebrate Black History Month for the first time, marking February as part of the league and union's "Hockey Is For Everyone" initiative, they announced Friday.

“The players are committed to inclusion in the sport and happy to see 'Hockey Is For Everyone' expand as a year-long initiative,” Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said in a statement. "As a (Hockey Is For Everyone) ambassador, I know that important conversations and perspectives will be shared as part of the Black History Month celebration, with the goal of creating a welcoming environment while promoting the continued diversity of players and fans.”

The NHL and players union will highlight stories of players and pioneers throughout the month online, on social media and with specialty programming on NHL Network.

The NHL will present for the first time the American Legacy Black Hockey History Tour, a mobile museum that will visit six U.S. cities this month with displays that look back on founders, trail blazers, history-makers, and Stanley Cup champions and looks ahead to the next generation of young stars, NHL officials, broadcasters and women in the game.