NHL Players Demand Change & Speak Out Against Racism

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Over the past several days, protesters have taken the streets in major cities in wake of the death of George Floyd. Arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit bill at a convenience store, Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, who kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes on May 25. This has sparked many celebrities and athletes to voice their opinions and thoughts, demand change, and to speak out against racism.

The NHL released a statement late Sunday night saying the league “stands with all those are who are working to achieve a racially just society, and against all those who perpetuate and uphold racism, hatred, bigotry and violence.”

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“We stand together knowing there is more to be done,” Monumental Sports & Entertainment said in a statement on Sunday.

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Since Floyd’s death, San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been very vocal on social media regarding a change. He appeared on ESPN’s First Take last week.

“We need so many more athletes that don’t look like me speaking out about this, having the same amount of outrage that I have inside, and using that to voice their opinion, to voice their frustration. Because that’s the only way it’s going to change. We’ve been outraged for hundreds of years and nothing’s changed. It’s time for guys like Tom Brady and Sidney Crosby and those type of figures to speak up about what is right and, clearly in this case, what is unbelievably wrong. Because that’s the only way we’re going to actually create, unify anger to create that necessary change, especially when you talk about systematic racism.”

His comments have sparked other players and teams to speak out against racism:

From the Sharks

Sharks captain Logan Couture

Minnesota Wild’s J.T. Brown

From the Wild

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler

Jets center Mark Scheifele

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews

From the Maple Leafs

Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris

From the Predators

New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban

Devils defenseman Connor Carrick

From the Devils

Florida Panthers center Brian Boyle 

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Malcolm Subban

Ottawa Senators forward Anthony Duclair 

Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar

From the Kings

Montréal Canadiens center Max Domi

From the Canadiens

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara

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Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph

Former NHL player Akim Aliu, who also wrote a powerful and moving article called “Hockey Is Not For Everyone” for The Players’ Tribune, spoke out as well.

From the Colorado Avalanche

From the Vegas Golden Knights

From the New York Islanders

From the Calgary Flames

From the Arizona Coyotes

From the Anaheim Ducks

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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