P.K. Subban donated $50,000 to the daughter of George Floyd on Wednesday. The New Jersey Devils defenseman said he contacted NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who told him the League would match the donation.
Floyd, a black man, died in police custody May 25 in Minneapolis; a white police officer has been charged with second-degree murder, and three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. The incident sparked protests in cities across the United States.
Subban said he hopes others will join him in donating to the GoFundMe fundraising site set up for 6-year-old Gianna Floyd. He has been outspoken against racial injustice and said everyone needs to be involved in the cause.
"The narrative has been the same. No justice," Subban said in a video posted to his Twitter account. "There needs to be justice. Justice has to happen. Change needs to come. But we need everyone. We need everyone and all people to look at our lives and see where we can help that change and do our part. … I am committed to that through and through."
Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler, who grew up 20 minutes from Minneapolis, on Tuesday said white players like himself need to get more involved in fighting racism.
"It can't just be their fight," Wheeler said. "… I want to be real clear here: I look in the mirror about this before I look out at everyone else. I wish that I was more involved sooner than I was. I wish that it didn't take me this long to get behind it in a meaningful way. But I guess what you can do is try to be better going forward."
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane are among the NHL players to call for an end to racial injustice.