The NHL has a new mascot for the 2018-19 season, and it is not just because he’s a black man.
The Detroit Red Wings have adopted a black face for their new logo.
The team is using the face of a Native American, whose name is Blackfoot, in its new logo, which debuted on Sunday at a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run.
The new logo comes after Detroit had already unveiled a white-and-blue logo, but the new logo makes use of the Blackfoot face.
“We are proud to be a part of a franchise that is dedicated to bringing the Native American experience to the rink,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a statement.
The move comes as the NHL is facing backlash from Native Americans who say it’s insensitive to their culture.
A lawsuit filed by several Native Americans on behalf of their relatives against the league has been settled.
The agreement called for the Red Wings to remove the Black Foot logo and adopt a new name.
Holland said the team was pleased to see the agreement was finalized.
“As a player, I have always been aware of the historical significance of the battle and have always considered the importance of reconciliation,” Holland said.
“Our team, our organization, the organization itself and the fans and fans of the United States of America are proud of this agreement.”
The NHL is currently considering an additional six mascots.
The Red Wings currently have four.
The NHL has made several moves this off-season to bring more diversity to its game.
In April, the league voted to change its mascot to a rainbow-colored bird and added a green-and-“blue” logo.