No Change? No Hockey. Why NHL Players Took a Stand Against Racism

The screen on the Zoom call was so full that it couldn’t even fit everyone.

It was already a powerful statement when NHL players from the Stanley Cup playoffs’ eight remaining teams decided Thursday not to play the next games of their series, leading the NHL to officially postpone play until Saturday. But seeing the numbers that turned out for the media availability really conveyed the message’s power. At the beginning of post-season bubble play, Matt Dumba protested racism without the publicly demonstrated support of teammates. It was a monumental moment when just three players – Robin Lehner, Jason Dickinson and Tyler Seguin – joined Ryan Reaves kneeling for the anthems earlier this month. But the image was different Thursday night.

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