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Las Vegas Golden Knights Players Kneel In Support Of Social Justice

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - AUGUST 03: Players from the Vegas Golden Knights and the Dallas Stars kneel as the United States anthem is played before the start of their Western Conference Round Robin game during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff at Rogers Place on August 03, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Players from the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars knelt on the ice before their game Monday to support Black Lives Matter and other social causes.

Dallas forward Tyler Sequin and Jason Dickinson knelt alongside Vegas forward Ryan Reaves and goaltender Robin Lehner during the American and Canadian national anthems prior to their round-robin playoff game.

Minnesota’s Matt Dumba on Saturday became the first NHL player to kneel during the U.S. anthem after he made a speech before a game between Edmonton and Chicago. He knelt at center ice while fellow Black players Malcolm Subban of Chicago and Darnell Nurse of Edmonton each stood with a hand on one of his shoulders.

Dumba’s Wild faced Vancouver the following night, and he raised his right fist in the air during the U.S. and Canadian anthems.

Several teams have stood together during the U.S. and Canadian anthems, with some players locking arms to show solidarity.

Las Vegas Golden Knights In The Tournament

The Knights beat the Stars in Edmonton by a score of 5-3 in their first game back since the Coronavirus pandemic shut down professional sports.

Next up the Knights will play the St. Louis Blues on August 6 and the Colorado Avalanche on August 8 to finish out the round-robin portion of the NHL Stanley Cup Tournament and qualifiers.

For more information on the NHL playoff format, click here.

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