"But let me assure you, it has not", Dumba said. "Racism is a man-made creation and all it does is deteriorate from our collective prosperity".
Dumba, a founding member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, has spoken out recently about the need for the NHL and NHL players to do more to help achieve racial justice. Whether it was in response to that criticism, that the league was saving its message for the meaningful games, or likely a combination of both, the NHL has taken a few positive steps since, working in collaboration with the Hockey Diversity Alliance on signage, messaging, and action plans. "I know firsthand as a minority playing the great game of hockey, the unexplainable challenges that come with it".
As a founder of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, Dumba vowed to fight injustice so that all kids can feel comfortable when they lace up their skates. "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". I hope this inspires a new generation of hockey players and hockey fans because Black lives matter, Breonna Taylor's life matters. Because Black Lives Matter.More news: COVID-19 app, backed by federal government, now available
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, auto rental company Enterprise, sport drink Gatorade and brewer Budweiser - on the Scotiabank ice.
The Regina native made a speech about social and racial justice prior to Edmonton's first game of the National Hockey League restart - the second overall - before he kneeled for The Star Spangled Banner.
As the Canadian national anthem started, Dumba, who plays in Minnesota, stood up. No players appeared to kneel during anthems prior the first two games in Toronto.More news: Verstappen eyes Silverstone 'fighting chance' against Mercedes' untouchables
NBA players and coaches knelt and locked arms during the US national anthem as the sport restarted on Thursday, some wearing messages like "Equality", "Education Reform" and "Say Their Names" on the backs of their jerseys. He also attended Edge School before starring for the WHL's Red Deer Rebels and representing Canada at the world junior tournament in 2014.
Dumba and the Wild will be taking on the Vancouver Canucks in a best-of-5 play-in round. Afterward, he received support from around the hockey community. "As players in this league, we just want to give him support and the movement support and be a part of it. I'm very, very proud of him".More news: Arsenal vs Chelsea: I don’t need a phone call from Abramovich - Lampard