Golden Knights stars and players kneel for anthems as protests gather momentum for NHL restart

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Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba says he will continue to publicly protest racial injustice as the NHL returns to battle in the plate cities of Edmonton and Toronto.Monday, he was not alone.

Vegas winger Ryan Reaves, Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner and Dallas Stars forwards Jason Dickinson and Tyler Seguin, at the blue line together, knelt for the US and Canadian anthems ahead of their classification match at Rogers Square.

Dumba was the first NHL player to kneel in the pick-up when he took a knee for the American anthem before Edmonton faced Chicago in the opening round-robin game at Rogers Place on Saturday. He also gave a speech in the center of the ice before the game, stressing the need for social and racial justice.

WATCH | Stars, Golden Knights players kneel for hymns:

Tyler Seguin and Jason Dickinson of Dallas knelt with Ryan Reaves and Robin Lehner of Vegas during the American and Canadian anthems Monday night in Edmonton. 3:42

On Sunday, he threw his fist on the Wild bench during the Canadian and US national anthems before Minnesota’s 3-0 win over Vancouver in Game 1 of their best-of-five playoff series.

The Regina native, who is half Filipino, said he intends to do so for the remainder of the NHL reboot following the COVID-19 pandemic as a tribute to former Wild forward JT Brown.

Brown did the same during the U.S. National Anthem in 2017 as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning to protest police brutality and racism.

Previously, NHL players had not been as visible as those in other professional sports leagues – especially NBA and Major League Soccer – to fight racial injustice since the death of George Floyd, a black man. , at the hands of the Minneapolis police in May. .

In the NBA, all Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors players and staff knelt for the Canadian and American anthems when these teams met on Saturday at the Walt Disney World complex near Orlando, Florida.

WATCH | Matt Dumba raises his fist during the Canadian and American anthems:

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba continued his fight against racial injustice by lifting his debut during the US and Canadian national anthems. 0:26

The wild players said they support Dumba’s protest and are proud that he is taking a stand. Forward Marcus Foligno started his final Edmonton Bubble Inside Diary for The Athletic with a report from the squad gathered to watch Dumba’s speech ahead of the Edmonton-Chicago game.

It remains to be seen if they will join him on the ice. Wild coach Dean Evason said Monday that there has been no talk of other Minnesota players raising their fists with their teammate before games.

“No, there haven’t been any discussions, and the only thing that we discussed as staff, as I mentioned before, is that we want to eliminate racism for good,” Evason said for close Monday’s availability with journalists.

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