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

Ruben Hill
August 2, 2020

Then Dumba knelt, becoming the first NHL player to call attention to racial injustice and the mistreatment of Black people during the US national anthem.

Dumba's words and actions were sorely needed, but it needs to lead to something greater, and not exist just as a single demonstration. "Racism is everywhere - and we need to fight against it".

And today Dumba provided it. He is the first National Hockey League player to kneel for the anthem this year in protest of racial inequality and police brutality. "The Hockey Diversity Alliance and the NHL want kids to feel safe, comfortable and free-minded every time the enter an arena".

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.

Dumba wore a black hoodie with the Hockey Diversity Alliances initials in white letters. The alliance, a group of current and former NHL players, was formed in June with a mission to eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey.

Earlier this week, the NHL was criticized in some circles and celebrated in others for not holding protests during the us national anthem or addressing systemic racism in America head-on. I hope this inspires a new generation of hockey players and hockey fans because Black lives matter. "A true sign of support, I thought it was awesome".

The pregame ceremony kicked off the NHL's salute to racial justice activists and healthcare workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the Qualifiers and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Social justice has been a theme in sports restarts.

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.

People around the US have taken to the streets over the past few months after the police-caused deaths of Black man George Floyd in Minneapolis and Black woman Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.

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