Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba grew to become the primary NHL participant to kneel for a nationwide anthem through the league’s restart on Saturday.
The Regina native made a speech about social and racial justice previous to Edmonton’s first recreation of the NHL restart — the second general — earlier than he kneeled for “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Gamers from the Oilers and Chicago stood across the centre-ice circle for each anthems previous to the sport.
Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse and Chicago goalie Malcolm Subban every put a hand on Dumba’s shoulder as he kneeled for a recording of the American anthem. All three gamers are Black.
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Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Buble sang “O Canada” on a video recorded at Vancouver’s Rogers Enviornment. Dumba stood for that anthem, performed after “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Dumba wore a “Hockey Range Alliance” shirt for the ceremony, which additionally paid tribute to front-line staff through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Racism is in all places, and we have to struggle in opposition to it,” Dumba mentioned.
Comparable ceremony deliberate for Toronto hub
An analogous ceremony was deliberate for Saturday evening’s recreation between the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins in Toronto. No gamers appeared to kneel throughout anthems prior the primary two video games in Toronto.
Social justice has been a theme in sports activities restarts.
Nearly all NBA gamers have kneeled for the American anthem because the league resumed play Thursday in Orlando, Fla.
Main League Baseball additionally had gamers kneeling throughout its opening video games final week, although it was not as large a share.