This comes after other noteworthy moments where NHL players made statements against racism, particularly Wild defenseman Matt Dumba.
After the Golden Knights’ 5-3 win against the Stars, Seguin explained his decision to kneel.
“I was giving it a lot of thought in the last 24 hours about what to do. I talked to Reaves during warmups. He said he saw what I was doing in Dallas, and that him and Lehner were going to kneel, and asked if I’d like to join them. So I told them I’d join them,” Seguin said, via ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski. “Before the game, I went into the dressing room and told everyone what I was doing. 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.”
Reaves and Lehner added their own thoughts after the contest:
Ryan Reaves and Robin Lehner explain why they took a knee before tonight's Stars vs. @GoldenKnights game. ✊@AnsonCarterLA, @10PSharp and @KathrynTappen discuss the message they sent ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/nhuxWaRwCC
— #StanleyCup Qualifiers on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 4, 2020
More on Stars, Golden Knights, and Dumba kneeling during anthems
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba made a passionate speech before Game 1 of Blackhawks – Oilers on Saturday, then kneeled during the U.S. national anthem. Dumba also raised his fist during the national anthem before his own Wild’s win against the Canucks on Sunday.
As you can read more about here, Dumba said that he regretted only kneeling for the U.S. national anthem, rather than both anthems. In this latest case, Reaves, Lehner, Seguin, and Dickinson kneeled for both anthems before Stars – Golden Knights.
The Golden Knights also tweeted about their players kneeling:
We are united in the fight for racial equality.
We support our players and all those who peacefully seek to inspire change and raise awareness against racial injustice. pic.twitter.com/iA7CvGX1eA
— y-Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) August 3, 2020
While the Stars shared a similar (if shorter) sentiment:
— x-Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) August 3, 2020
Along with Dumba, Lehner, Reaves, Seguin, and Dickinson, other teams made statements of their own. Members of the Nashville Predators wore “Black Lives Matter” shirts before Game 1 against the Coyotes on Sunday.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) August 2, 2020
Members of the Bruins wore a variety of shirts along similar lines, while Maple Leafs players made similar gestures early in the NHL Return to Play.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) August 2, 2020
During the end of his passionate speech, Dumba hoped that the Hockey Diversity Alliance and other measures might inspire others in the future.
“I hope this inspires a new generation of hockey players and hockey fans,” Dumba said. “Because Black Lives Matter. Breonna Taylor’s life matters. Hockey is a great game. But it could be a whole lot greater. And it starts with all of us.”
It seems like Dumba and others managed to inspire peers, including Reaves and Lehner of the Golden Knights and Seguin and Dickinson of the Stars.
Read more about the Hockey Diversity Alliance here, and at their website. The NHL also recently announced its #WeSkateFor initiative, which you can learn more about here.