Wild's Dumba gives powerful anti-racism speech as NHL returns to play

by 24USATVAug. 1, 2020, 11:40 p.m. 21
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"For those unaffected by systemic racism, or unaware, I'm sure that some of you believe that this topic has garnered too much attention during the last couple months. But let me assure you, it has not," Dumba said.

Dumba is one of several minority hockey players who have formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance which will work with the NHL to battle racism in hockey.

"On behalf of the NHL and the Hockey Diversity Alliance, we vow and promise to stand up for injustice and fight for what is right," Dumba said. "I know firsthand as a minority playing the great game of hockey, the unexplainable challenges that come with it.

"The Hockey Diversity Alliance and NHL want kids to feel safe, comfortable and free-minded every time they enter an arena. I stand in front of you today on behalf of those groups and promise you that we will fight against injustice and fight for what is right."

He concluded his speech saying, "I hope this inspires a new generation of hockey players and hockey fans. Black Lives Matter, Breonna Taylor's life matters. Hockey is a great game, but it could be a whole lot greater, and it starts with all of us."

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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