Ryan Reaves, Robin Lehner, Tyler Seguin and Jason Dickinson knelt during the U.S. and Canadian national anthems prior to the start of the round-robin game between the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday.
Reaves, a Golden Knights forward, Lehner, their goalie, and Dickson and Seguin, both Stars forwards, were in a row on the same blue line. Seguin and Dickinson were in the middle between Lehner and Reaves.
“We are united in the fight for racial equality,” the Golden Knights tweeted with a picture of the four players kneeling together. “We support our players and all those who peacefully seek to inspire change and raise awareness against racial injustice.”
The Stars also tweeted pictures of the four players kneeling and wrote, “We are united. #WeSkateFor Equality.”
Reaves, Lehner, Seguin and Dickinson join Matt Dumba as the players who have knelt during the anthem or anthems prior to games in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub city for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Dumba, a defenseman for the Minnesota Wild, knelt during the U.S. national anthem prior to Chicago Blackhawks’ 6-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Saturday. Prior to kneeling, Dumba gave a speech vowing the NHL and Hockey Diversity Alliance will stand up for justice and against racism.
Dumba also raised his fist in the air during the U.S. and Canadian national anthems prior to the start of the Wild’s 3-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.
In addition, the Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins wore T-shirts to show their support for the antiracist movement when they arrived for their games at Rogers Place and Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, respectively, on Sunday.
The Predators wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts before Game 1 of their series against the Arizona Coyotes. The Bruins wore three different shirts to their round-robin game against the Philadelphia Flyers that read, “Listen. Learn. Change.,” “Eracism.,” and “End Racism.”
Several teams also stood together on the blue lines during exhibition games to show their support for unity and racial equality.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, in a message to fans on NHL.com, said the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died while in custody of the Minneapolis police on May 25, and the “ensuing demand for justice and equality that inspiringly swept our countries, required us to accept that what we have done to this point isn’t enough.”
“So we must and will do more and be better to make our game a welcoming place for everyone,” Bettman said.