After the 5-3 Knights win, performed at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Reaves asserted that “under no circumstances” was he “making an attempt to disrespect the flag or our people who have fought for this nation.” That accusation has been incessantly made by critics of the protests, together with President Trump, since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started staging the demonstrations at NFL video games in 2016.
“I’ve the utmost respect for everybody that has fought and died for the liberty of this nation,” said Reaves, 33, a Canadian-American native of Winnipeg. “However on the similar time, these folks go throughout seas, go to warfare and households are torn aside in these wars for the liberty of this nation, solely to come back again and discover out that this nation isn’t free for everyone.”
“On the finish of the day, this isn’t about politics, it’s about human rights,” Lehner, a 29-year-old Swede, informed reporters at a postgame information convention the place he sat subsequent to Reaves.
Lehner added that he “made a mistake” in 2016 when the goaltender’s mask he wore featured the title “Trump” with a picture of the then-president-elect. “That’s one thing I remorse now,” Lehner mentioned.
Kaepernick initially impressed a lot of fellow NFL gamers and athletes in different sports activities to stage protests through the anthem, however these demonstrations waned over time. Nonetheless, problems with racial injustice and police brutality have burst to the forefront of the nationwide dialog, alongside the novel coronavirus, for the reason that killing in Might of George Floyd.
Protests have been happening nationwide since then, and quite a few gamers within the NBA and in MLB have knelt throughout renditions of the anthem as these leagues have returned from months-long hiatuses. When the NHL received again on the ice Saturday with a 24-team playoff event, held in “bubbles” in Edmonton and Toronto, Dumba made positive his league had at the very least one participant within the demonstrations.
Dumba was not truly competing within the Edmonton Oilers-Chicago Blackhawks recreation at which he appeared Saturday in Edmonton, however as a member of the player-led Hockey Variety Alliance, he was invited to present an deal with throughout pregame ceremonies.
“Racism is in all places, and we have to battle towards it,” the Filipino-Canadian defenseman mentioned. “We’ll battle towards injustice and battle for what is true. I hope this conjures up a brand new technology of hockey gamers and hockey followers, as a result of Black lives matter, Breonna Taylor’s life issues. Hockey is a good recreation, but it surely might be a complete lot higher, and it begins with all of us.”
Dumba subsequently mentioned that he regretted not taking a knee Saturday through the Canadian anthem, as properly.
“There must be loads of mild that needs to be shed on what is occurring in Canada and the oppression First Nations folks have felt right here for tons of of years,” the 26-year-old Saskatchewan native mentioned Sunday (by way of Canadian Broadcasting Corp.). “I’ve First Nations and Aboriginal households which have lived it and I used to be disenchanted trying again on it.”
Seguin, a 28-year-old native of Ontario who attended a Black Lives Matter protest in June, said final month it “bothered” him that he had not beforehand “thought to search out out a few journey that was a lot tougher than mine.”
“In sports activities, you’re taught to be accountable,” he mentioned then. “I appeared within the mirror and realized I haven’t achieved something to make a distinction, to ask these awkward questions, to take motion.”
On Monday, Seguin said that inequality is “a giant difficulty that must be addressed.” He added that he wasn’t sure if he and Dickinson would proceed to protest “each evening,” however mentioned if there have been “different guys on groups or different Black gamers which might be doing one thing, we’ll at all times give our help.”
“I’ve received some folks of shade in my household, my dad comes from the islands, and considered one of my uncles is black, so it was simple for me — simple choice,” said Dickinson, 25, additionally a local of Ontario. “I’ve been interested by it since every thing began, if I’d try this. And I used to be in all probability nervous to consider doing it by myself, and when ‘Seggy’ mentioned [he would kneel], it was a no brainer for me that I wouldn’t be alone doing it — and to help the trigger and help my teammates.”
“I believe it’s nice,” said the Stars’ interim head coach, Rick Bowness. “I help them 100 %.
“They’re males they usually’re professionals, they usually take a stand for what they imagine.”