Jamal Mayers

Anson Carter shares profound thoughts on racism in hockey

As Blake Bolden said, Anson Carter created a “mic drop” moment during the latest “Our Line Starts” podcast (also with Jamal Mayers and Liam McHugh).

Carter spoke of a white friend who owns a New York hotel telling him that she’s become “exhausted” about having conversations about race relations. For her, a few days of such conversations left her mentally drained.

“I said, ‘Try having these conversations for 46 years,'” Carter said. “It’s like running a marathon. Training for a marathon, the first time you go out there, you’re exhausted. But, once you start building up that endurance every single day, it becomes a little bit easier. And that is what this is all about.”

Carter continued with a profound point. Many of us have the luxury to “stick to sports” and divest of these conversations when the marathon proves too grueling. Anson Carter does not.

” .. I don’t have that same ability to take the skin off my shoulders like shoulder pads and hang it up and say ‘OK, onto the next thing, I’ll go live my life now,'” Carter said. “This is my reality. And, when you think about it that way, people start to get exactly what everyone’s talking about.”

Wow. You can witness Carter’s “mic drop” moment in the video above this post’s headline, but the full episode is worth your time (and at the bottom of this post).

Anson Carter also appeared on “Lunch Talk Live”

Anson Carter brought some optimism about the future to his “Lunch Talk Live” appearance with Mike Tirico.

He notes that, during his playing days, it felt like “no one was listening.” Tirico and Carter also spoke about “In Union, There’s Strength,” the video Carter put together responding to George Floyd’s death.

“Just because we’re social distancing, doesn’t mean the hockey community is socially distant,” Carter said.

Full episode of Our Line Starts

2:40-5:35 Anson’s inspiration for producing his powerful video
5:35-8:50 Jamal, Blake, and Anson discuss their new role with the NHL
8:50-12:55 How can NHL players make a difference beyond offering support on social media?
12:55-17:10 Ways to foster a more inclusive environment at the youth level
17:10-20:45 Examples of how diversity can lead to positive change in the sport
20:50-24:30 Importance of making people feel comfortable to speak up
24:30-End Anson’s passionate closing remarks

Where else you can listen:

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1482681517

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/nbc-sports/our-line-starts

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7cDMHBg6NJkQDGe4KHu4iO?si=9BmcLtutTFmhRrNNcMqfgQ

NBC Sports on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nbcsports

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Our Line Starts podcast: Mayers, Bolden, Carter on race, diversity, inclusion in hockey

Liam McHugh hosts a conversation between Jamal Mayers, Blake Bolden, and Anson Carter – three members of the NHL’s soon-to-be-announced Player Inclusion Committee. Their wide-ranging discussion includes their goals for the committee, the powerful “In Union There Is Strength” social media video that Anson produced, their recommendations for fostering change at all levels of hockey, and much more.

2:40-5:35 Anson’s inspiration for producing his powerful video
5:35-8:50 Jamal, Blake, and Anson discuss their new role with the NHL
8:50-12:55 How can NHL players make a difference beyond offering support on social media?
12:55-17:10 Ways to foster a more inclusive environment at the youth level
17:10-20:45 Examples of how diversity can lead to positive change in the sport
20:50-24:30 Importance of making people feel comfortable to speak up
24:30-End Anson’s passionate closing remarks

Where else you can listen:

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1482681517

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/nbc-sports/our-line-starts

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7cDMHBg6NJkQDGe4KHu4iO?si=9BmcLtutTFmhRrNNcMqfgQ

NBC Sports on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nbcsports

Jamal Mayers doesn’t want to retire yet

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Free agent forward Jamal Mayers wants to play at least one more season in the NHL.

That’s the message his agent Pat Brisson sent to the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday.

“[Mayers] would like to return,” Brisson wrote in an e-mail. “We are optimistic we will have a team come September.”

It also seems pretty certain that team won’t be the Chicago Blackhawks. The 38-year-old played in 19 regular season games but didn’t make a playoff appearance in 2013. Even so, Mayers thinks he can still play, as he said following the Blackhawks’ championship run.

“I feel like I can still skate, and in today’s game you have to be able to skate to keep up with those young kids,” Mayers said.

If there are no takers, he’s still made the most of his career, which spanned 915 regular season and 63 playoff games.

“If I do walk away, I can do it as a champion,” Mayers said.

Hossa misses practice again, Quenneville says ‘he should be better’

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It’s become the norm for Marian Hossa to miss out on team practices and morning skates since getting hurt, and today was no different.

Coach Joel Quenneville quickly put to rest any thoughts about Hossa’s health after meeting the press today.

“He’s fine. He’s going to play, and we’ll say he should be better,” he said.

Hossa went through the same thing ahead of Game 4 on Wednesday as well as missing yesterday’s practice, but after surprisingly missing out on Game 3 you can’t blame folks for being a bit nervous about his status.

You can expect Hossa to be back on the same line he was on in Game 4 alongside Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp. Those two skated with Jamal Mayers in Hossa’s place this morning.

PHT Morning Skate: While Bruins compete, Dougie Hamilton watches and learns

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Recently inked goaltender Joacim Eriksson is expected to compete with Eddie Lack for the backup gig in Vancouver. That’s assuming of course that the Canucks can trade Roberto Luongo this summer. (Vancouver Province)

The top 30 quotes of the year from Kings coach Darryl Sutter. (LA Kings Insider)

Did the Philadelphia Flyers make the right move by acquiring the rights to 35-year-old defenseman Mark Streit? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

The Detroit Red Wings have been fishing for a top-tier defenseman ever since Nicklas Lidstrom retired. So could they pursue Kris Letang? Helene St. James offers the argument against Detroit acquiring the Norris Trophy finalist. (Detroit Free Press)

Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers hasn’t played yet in the 2013 postseason, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t contributed. (CSN Chicago)

Meanwhile, Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton has also been serving as a healthy scratch during the Stanley Cup Final. However, at the age of 20, this run is more of a learning experience for him. (Toronto Star)

The Bakersfield Condors finished last in the ECHL in 2012-13, but they’re vowing to make the playoffs next season. That’s hardly an usual statement, but they’re backing it up with a free ticket promotion should they fail to meet their goal. (Bakersfieldcondors.com)

Highlights from Chicago’s 6-5 overtime win against Boston: