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Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild became the first player to kneel for the U.S. national anthem in the National Hockey League (NHL) on Saturday night before the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Edmonton Oilers in Alberta, Canada.

Dumba, who is Canadian, was invited onto the ice for a special ceremony, walking down a red carpet and delivering a speech about racial justice.

He knelt for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but stood for “O, Canada,” the Canadian anthem.

The scoreboard flashed a slogan with a hashtag: “We Skate for Black Lives.”

“During this pandemic, something unexpected, but long overdue, occurred,” Dumba said, during his speech. “The world woke up to the existence of systematic [sic] racism and how deeply rooted it is within our society.”

He added: “Racism is everywhere, and we need to fight against it.”

As he knelt, Blackhawks goalie Malcolm Subban and Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse each put a hand on his shoulders.

Incredibly powerful words by @matt_dumba, representing @theHDA2020. Here is exactly what he said, before kneeling for the Star Spangled Banner.

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) August 1, 2020

The league tweeted out its approval from the official NHL Twitter account.

Matt Dumba (@matt_dumba) of the @mnwild kneels during the National Anthem. #WeSkateFor Equality

— NHL (@NHL) August 1, 2020

Just a few days before, the New York Islanders and New York Rangers had stood together for the national anthem prior to an exhibition match, drawing praise from many fans — and criticism from those who wanted the league to join other professional sports that have supported the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

The majority of active NHL players are not from the United States; a plurality are Canadian.

The game marked the kickoff of the modified 2020 NHL playoffs after the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Chicago won, 6-4.

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In the few weeks since U.S. professional sports returned to action, the peaceful protest during the national anthems against racial injustice and police brutality became a widespread demonstration.

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Players from the NBA, MLB, WNBA, MLS and NWSL took knees during the anthem or made a demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. But protests during the anthem were noticeably absent from the NHL’s restart at the hub locations in Edmonton and Toronto.

The Wild’s Matt Dumba took a knee for the anthem while in street clothes and later raised his fist in Minnesota’s second game. But no other in-uniform player took a knee for the anthem.

That changed on Monday.

Robin Lehner, Tyler Segiun, and Jason Dickinson kneel with Ryan Reaves for the US & Canadian national anthems.

— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) August 3, 2020

Ahead of the Western Conference round robin matchup between the Stars and Golden Knights, Ryan Reaves, Tyler Seguin, Robin Lehner and Jason Dickinson all took knees for the playing of the national anthems.

Ryan Reaves, Jason Dickinson, Tyler Seguin, and Robin Lehner all kneeling for the anthem.

— Dylan Nadwodny (@dnadders) August 3, 2020

Seguin, Dickinson and Reaves (a dual citizen) are Canadian, and they took knees for both the U.S. and Canadian anthems. Lehner is from Sweden.

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, Seguin attended Black Lives Matter protests and spoke of his desire to be more proactive in fighting for racial justice.

— Tyler Seguin (@tseguinofficial) June 2, 2020

Monday’s demonstration was certainly a step to back up his message from June.

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