Ice Hockey NHL season continued this weekend about four and a half months after the break. During the break, anti-racist protests intensified in the United States.
Also in sports, statements have been seen in the basketball league NBA, baseball MLB and football MLS. This weekend, the NHL joined that group.
In Edmonton, before the match between the Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks, a gesture was seen in which players from both teams stood in a backpack in the middle of the ice.
An anti-racism video ran on the screens, followed by a Minnesota Wild defender Mathew Dumba gave a speech on the subject.
“During this pandemic, something unexpected happened, but that developed over a long period of time. The world awoke to the existence of systemic racism and how deeply rooted it is in our society. ”
At the latest this summer, kneeling during the pre-game national anthem has become more common in U.S. professional leagues.
This is an American football player Colin Kaepernickin started in 2016 to highlight racial inequality.
Speaking in Edmonton, Mathew Dumba knelt during the national anthem. He was the only one on the ice who did so.
In the second match of the evening between the Carolina Hurricanes or the New York Rangers, no protests of any kind were seen. For example, no player knelt during the national anthem.
For example, in the NBA League return matches this week, almost all players have knelt down.
Dumba on behalf of the NHL and the Hockey Diversity Alliance, which promotes the diversity of hockey, promised that the league would fight for justice.
“I know from my own experience, as a representative of a minority playing hockey, that it brings with it an inexplicable and difficult challenge,” Dumba, a Filipino-Canadian, said.
The same choir was joined by an NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in its statement over the weekend.
“The death of George Floyd and the consequent demand for justice and equality that inspiringly swept across our country required us to accept that our actions to date are not enough,” he said.
“We need and we’re going to do more and be better at welcoming everyone to our species.”