NHL releases statement following U.S., Canada protests

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The NHL has released a statement saying it “stands with all those who are working to achieve a racially just society” following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.

The full statement from the league reads as follows:

“As protests in both the United States and Canada in recent days have focused attention upon racial injustice for the Black community, the NHL stands with all those who are working to achieve a racially just society, and against all those who perpetuate and uphold racism, hatred, bigotry and violence.

We share the sentiments expressed by our players and Clubs in their calls for justice, and we encourage everyone to use their platforms and privilege for systemic change. In our own sport, we will continue to do better and work diligently toward culture change throughout hockey and endeavour to be mindful of our own shortcomings in this process.”

The NHL is the latest in a long line of leagues, teams and athletes to speak about racial injustice in the wake of Floyd’s passing on May 25. His tragic death sparked protests across the United States and beyond that remain ongoing.

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