IceDogs Partner with Akil Thomas x ZALE Apparel for Black History Month

Niagara, ON – The Niagara IceDogs are excited to announce they have partnered with Akil Thomas and his clothing brand, ZALE Apparel for a Black History Month speciality jersey in February.

“I am honoured and super thankful for the IceDogs willing to give us this opportunity to design their jerseys for the Black History Month Game”, Akil stated. “Being of colour, it means so much to be involved and I am super excited to see what we come up with”.

Akil Thomas is a former captain and star forward of the Niagara IceDogs. Drafted by the team 12th overall, in 2016, Thomas played four seasons and 219 regular season games as an IceDog. In those 4 years, Akil scored 96 goals and had 179 assists, totalling 275 points. As a Dog, Thomas was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round, 51st overall. He has since been playing in the LA Kings organization for their AHL affiliate, Ontario Reign.

In 2015, Akil Thomas co-founded his company, ZALE. As a 15-year-old, it started out as a hobby and eventually turned into a successful clothing brand. Akil uses his brand ZALE as a creative outlet and a way to push boundaries in the clothing industry. On February 28th this year, he pushed those boundaries yet again by collaborating with the LA Kings for Black History Month and the NHL’s “HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE” initiative. The Kings displayed Akil’s ZALE-designed black jerseys with a kente print on the trim and a Black power fist patch for their warmup to raise money for charity.

As an ambassador in 2020 for NHL Black History Month, his NHL podcast, Soul on Ice, and other collaborations, Akil is constantly pushing for black representation in hockey and wants to inspire young athletes in his community.

The speciality ZALE jerseys will be sported by the Niagara IceDogs for the Black History Game on February 19th vs the Sudbury Wolves. The jerseys will be auctioned off at the end of the night with proceeds going to a charity of Akil’s choice that is still to be announced.

Stay tuned for more speciality jersey announcements.


For bookings enquiries regarding Akil Thomas, please visit the link here.


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