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Duclair's custom skates share message of equality, empathy

Forward makes statement with blades designed by Guby Customs

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Duclair's social justice skates

CHI@FLA: Duclair wears skates for social justice

Anthony Duclair wears a pair of special skates for social justice emphasizing togetherness and empathy

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Anthony Duclair took more to the ice on Sunday than just his equipment. He took a message.

The Florida Panthers forward had some custom work done on his skates in an attempt to share a message of equality for all.

Duclair's skates, designed by Peter Gubernator of Guby Customs, were true to the spirit of Hockey is for Everyone.

The left skate featured the logo of the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA), a group of nine current and former NHL players, of which Duclair is a member, which is "committed to eradicating systemic racism and intolerance in hockey." The left skate also featured the "raised fist" logo to represent unity and solidarity and the letters "BLM" to represent the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Duclair's right skate featured the words "Change Hockey Culture" and another logo for the HDA. There was also a small Maple Leaf on the skates, Gubernator told, a nod to Duclair's days as a junior star in Canada.

On each skate holder, written plainly and clearly, were the words "equality" and "empathy."

In all, the skates took about four hours to complete. Gubernator also recently designed a pair of equality-themed skates for San Jose Sharks forward Kurtis Gabriel.

The entire Panthers team wore special decals on their helmets featuring Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Willie O'Ree, the NHL's first black player, with the words "celebrating equality" inscribed on them.

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