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Local hockey organization skipping PEI tournaments after 'acts of racism'

The Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association is calling on Hockey PEI and Hockey Nova Scotia to investigate
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The Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association says it won't be taking part in Prince Edward Island tournaments after incidents it says were racist at a recent event in that province. 

In a release the Hawks don't offer any details on what happened, only saying it involves "acts of racism" against one of its players. 

The association is calling on Hockey PEI and Hockey Nova Scotia to investigate.

"Our teams and association will not tolerate racism," said President Spiro Bokolas in a news release.

"This is a hard decision, and the Hawks will have close to 700 potentially disappointed players that won't attend PEI tournaments until we see real change, but we feel this is the right decision to support our player, members, league and the sport of hockey. We also believe this disappointment is only a small fraction felt by our players and families of varying backgrounds and our actions represent a great display of solidarity and reflection to all of our members on the challenges many players still face daily."

The organization said it has a zero-tolerance approach to racism and discrimination. 

"The Hawks are hopeful that Hockey PEI and Hockey NS can identify next steps and continue to create an environment where all players, from all backgrounds can participate in the game of hockey free of prejudice and discrimination," it added.

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