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The National Hockey League sent out a tweet Tuesday morning in support of the Team Trans Draft Tournament, which took place in Middleton, Wisconsin over the weekend.

In the league’s tweet, it was stated that the tournament was the first to be exclusively made up of transgender and nonbinary people, with around 80 players participating. The NHL also added the hashtags #HockeyIsForEveryone and #NHLPride.

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An overview of the NHL logo behind the goal at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on April 24, 2022.

An overview of the NHL logo behind the goal at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on April 24, 2022.
(Rich Graessle/Getty Images)

The original tweet about the tournament was met with both support and defamation, including a tweet from @BlueMountain12 criticizing the tournament.

“So, the men playing on the women’s team?” The user tweeted.

The NHL doubled down on its support by responding to the criticism.

“Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Non-binary identity is real.”

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The NHL’s response garnered both support and criticism in replies and quoted tweets, much like the original tweet. After mixed responses, the NHL limited responses to only people the NHL mentioned in the tweet (who wasn’t anyone) or the account followed.

The NHL’s “Hockey is for All” initiative includes members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as Black, Latino, Asian and indigenous individuals.

“We support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the track,” the league says. “We believe that all hockey programs, from professionals to youth organizations, should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic situation.”

FILE - The NHL logo is seen on a fort at a Nashville Predators training ground in Nashville, Tenn., in this file photo taken September 17, 2012.

FILE – The NHL logo is seen on a fort at a Nashville Predators training ground in Nashville, Tenn., in this file photo taken September 17, 2012.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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The league has been criticized recently for its lack of diversity and participation.