NHL Star Matt Dumba Delivers Powerful Speech On Racism

Wild's Dumba gives powerful anti-racism speech as NHL returns to play

Racism is everywhere, and we need to fight against it. "I know first-hand as a minority playing the great game of hockey, the unexplainable and hard challenges that come with it".

NBA players and coaches knelt and locked arms during the USA national anthem as the sport restarted on Thursday, some wearing messages like "Equality", "Education Reform" and "Say Their Names" on the backs of their jerseys.

Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse and Blackhawks goalie Malcolm Subban each put a hand on Dumba's shoulder as he kneeled for a recording of the American anthem.

The moment was significant because of the culture of silence around issues of racism that exist in hockey.

"During this pandemic something unexpected but long-overdue occurred: the world woke up to the existence of systematic racism and how deeply rooted it is within our society", Dumba said.

"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".

"I know first-hand as a minority playing the great game of hockey the unexplainable and hard challenges that come with it", Dumba said.

He went on to say racism is a "man-made creation" that deteriorates "our collective prosperity". I hope this inspires a new generation of hockey players and hockey fans because Black lives matter.

Michael Buble sang the Canadian national anthem in Vancouver and the USA one was broadcast over the speakers before the game got underway in Edmonton.

Throughout the recent National Hockey League season, there have been various discussions surrounding racism in the sport and how many black players have felt like the environment isn't always inclusive.

Prior to the opening match of the MLS is Back Tournament, players, many wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts and raising gloved fists, took a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck.

Dumba is a grad of the Crowchild Minor Hockey Association - now the Northwest Warriors - and the Northwest Calgary Athletic Association's AAA programs.

Dumba attended the game as a lead member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance. "As players in this league, we just want to give him support and the movement support and be a part of it".

"I think what he did was incredibly powerful and I think he should be very proud", said Rielly.

Dumba is in his seventh season with the Wild, who open their playoff elimination series against Vancouver on Sunday in Edmonton.

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