"My parents have always told me that things happen at the time they're supposed to happen, not when you hope they would happen," Aliu said. "I kind of dealt with both of those things. So I kind of combined them. And I feel like I have a voice because of that."
In a joint statement released Tuesday, Aliu and the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles said the two sides have had “candid discussions” over what happened and have agreed to work collaboratively to promote diversity and inclusiveness.