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With the NBA and NHL returning over the last week, many players have chosen to support the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Prior to Monday’s round-robin game between the Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights, Stars forward Tyler Seguin was one of four players who decided to kneel during both the American and Canadian national anthems.

In addition to Seguin, Stars forward Jason Dickinson along with Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves and goalie Robin Lehner also chose to kneel.

Following the game, Seguin revealed that Reaves approached him during warmups and said that he planned on kneeling during the national anthems. Reaves invited Seguin to join him if he chose to and Seguin obliged.

“Before the game, I went into the dressing room and told everyone what I was doing,” Seguin said. “Told them there was absolutely no pressure to do anything. Dickinson grabbed me and said he’d like to be a part of it, and support his beliefs and my beliefs, and support me as a teammate.”

Dickinson also revealed that it was an “easy” decision for him.

“I have people of color in my family. My dad comes from the islands, and one of my uncles is Black,” Dickinson added. “It was easy for me, easy decision. I was thinking about it since everything started if I would do that. I think I was probably nervous to think about doing it on my own. When Seggy said it, it was kind of a no-brainer for me. I wouldn’t be alone doing it and support the cause, and support my teammate is a no-brainer.”

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Seguin decided to show his support for the Black community and social justice causes. In June, Seguin attended a “Black Lives Matter” protest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police department in May.

Following the protest, Seguin tweeted about how “powerful” the assembly was and that he felt a “greater sense of community.”

After Monday’s contest, Lehner was asked about choosing to kneel for the national anthems and revealed that “human rights”are at stake when it comes to social justice protests.

“I made a mistake once, putting a Trump sticker on my mask,” Lehner said. “That is something I regret now… At the end of the day it’s about human rights, not politics.”

Over the weekend, Minnesota Wild defenseman Matthew Dumba became the first player to kneel prior to a game while being dressed in street clothes. Dumba chose to do so before Saturday’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers. 

Obviously, Dumba doesn’t play for either team, but he is a member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, which is an organization that features seven former and current NHL players. The Hockey Diversity Alliance’s main goal is to “eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey.”

Seguin, Dickinson, Reaves and Lehner became the first NHL players to kneel during the national anthem while being in uniform when they chose to do so on Monday.

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