Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild became the first player to kneel for the U.S. national anthem in the National Hockey League (NHL) on Saturday night before the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Edmonton Oilers in Alberta, Canada.
He knelt for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but stood for “O, Canada,” the Canadian anthem.
As he knelt, Blackhawks goalie Malcolm Subban and Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse each put a hand on his shoulders.
Matt Dumba (@matt_dumba) of the @mnwild kneels during the National Anthem.
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