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Tennessee State Reveals Official Hockey Jersey

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Last year, Tennessee State University became the first historically Black college or university (HBCU) to welcome men’s ice hockey as one of its athletic programs.

On June 21, the coach of the newly formed team revealed the player’s official home jerseys.

According to NHL.com, the royal blue jersey made its debut at the 67th annual Tennessee State University National Alumni Association Convention at the Nashville campus when Coach Duante’ Abercrombie unveiled it for the crowd.

Last June, before the 2023 NHL Draft, it was announced that Tennessee State would have a hockey team. Earlier this year, the school got its first commitment: transfer student Xavier Abel from from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where he played for the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II team.

He told The Tennessean that he always wanted to play for an HBCU.

“The community and the culture at an HBCU is everlasting,” he told the newspaper. “The friends that you make here come with a lifetime bond, and that is what attracted me. It was an experience that I just wanted to go through, and now, not only do I get to go through it, but I get to do something historic while I’m at it.”

NHL.com reported that Abercrombie was named head coach in April. Abercrombie previously coached Stevenson University, an NCAA Division III school near Baltimore, and the Washington Little Capitals. He was also a coaching development associate or guest coach for the San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Arizona Coyotes—all NHL franchises.

The team will debut in the 2025-26 season.

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