Wild's Dumba gives powerful anti-racism speech as National Hockey League returns to play

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

Supported by the Blackhawks' Malcom Subban and the Oilers' Darnell Nurse, Dumba made National Hockey League history in a powerful, moving moment.

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", Dumba said.

He went on to say racism is a "man-made creation" that deteriorates "our collective prosperity". "The Hockey Diversity Alliance and the NHL want kids to feel safe, comfortable and free-minded every time the enter an arena".

Before the puck drop at the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers game, Dumba, who is of Filipino descent, spoke about the need to address systemic racism and the need for diversity in hockey, saying that while the sport is great, it can be "a lot greater" if players and fans unite and join the fight to end racism. "But it could be a whole lot greater and it starts with all of us".

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Black Lives Matter was also stenciled across the courts at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex while the National Hockey League chose to have the logos of sponsors - insurance company Geico, vehicle rental company Enterprise, sport drink Gatorade and brewer Budweiser - on the Scotiabank ice.

Earlier this week, Avalanche center Nazem Kadri said standing together with Minnesota players prior to an exhibition game was a good sign of solidarity, but he called for more than just gestures. He also attended Edge School before starring for the WHL's Red Deer Rebels and representing Canada at the world junior tournament in 2014.

As the opening strains of the American national anthem played, Dumba took a knee.

Dumba wore a Hockey Diversity Alliance sweatshirt while making the speech and kneeling.

"We're super proud, as a group, of Matt and what he did", Aliu said. Afterward, he received support from around the hockey community. Matt identifies as Filipino, and I hope people understand how hard that was for him to take that lead and to be the first player within our league to take a stance so publicly.

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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