Matt Dumba is first NHL participant to kneel throughout US National Anthem

Matt Dumba is first NHL player to kneel during US National Anthem

The Minnesota Wild defenseman knelt throughout Saturday’s recreation between Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks whereas carrying a Hockey Diversity Alliance hoodie with “Black Lives Matter” written on the sleeves. Dumba, who’s Canadian, stood for the Canadian anthem.

“For those unaffected by systemic racism, or unaware, I’m sure that some of you believe this topic has garnered too much attention during the last couple of months. But let me assure you, it has not,” Dumba stated previous to kneeling. “Racism is everywhere — and we need to fight against it.”

While Dumba just isn’t on both of the groups that performed Saturday, he’s a part of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, a corporation that fashioned in June consisting of seven former and present NHL gamers. The group’s mission is to “eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey,” in keeping with the NHL.

“I know first-hand, as a minority playing of the great game of hockey, the unexplainable and difficult challenges that come with it,” Dumba stated Saturday.

He added that he hopes his actions and people of the HDA encourage a brand new era of hockey gamers and followers.

“Black Lives Matter. Breonna Taylor’s life matters,” Dumba stated. “Hockey is a great game, but it could be a whole lot greater and it starts with all of us.”

Dumba joins an extended listing of athletes, together with LeBron James, Tiger Woods and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, talking out about police brutality and the battle for Black lives.

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