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Players comment on calls for racial justice

Chara, Seguin, Pettersson among those to speak out on social media following death of George Floyd

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Current and former NHL players took to social media in recent days to comment on calls for racial justice following the death of George Floyd.

Here are some of their posts:

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Tweet from @tseguinofficial: Listening. Learning. Mourning George Floyd. Today was powerful and I feel a greater sense of community. #BLM pic.twitter.com/IRGBqHhXSp

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Tweet from @NHLBruins: A statement from Zdeno Chara. pic.twitter.com/acqHFfP1My

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Tweet from @CamAtkinson13: pic.twitter.com/UXEL6WLmAN

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Tweet from @_EPettersson: 🖤 pic.twitter.com/PH07MbUz8f

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Instagram from @jonathantoews: A lot of people may claim these riots and acts of destruction are a terrible response. I'll be the first to admit that as a white male that was also my first reaction.But who am I to tell someone that their pain is not real? Especially when it is at a boiling point and impossible to hold in anymore. It's obviously coming from a place of truth. This reaction isn't coming out of thin air.I'm not condoning or approving the looting, but are we really going to sit here and say that peaceful protesting is the only answer? There has been plenty of time for that, and if it was the answer we would've given it our full attention long ago.Listen to these two men debate. They are lost, they are in pain. They strived for a better future but as they get older they realize their efforts may be futile. They don't know the answer of how to solve this problem for the next generation of black women and men. This breaks my heart.I can't pretend for a second that I know what it feels like to walk in a black man's shoes. However, seeing the video of George Floyd's death and the violent reaction across the country moved me to tears. It has pushed me to think, how much pain are black people and other minorities really feeling? What have Native American people dealt with in both Canada and US? What is it really like to grow up in their world? Where am I ignorant about the privileges that I may have that others don't?Compassion to me is at least trying to FEEL and UNDERSTAND what someone else is going through. For just a moment maybe I can try to see the world through their eyes. Covid has been rough but it has given us the opportunity to be much less preoccupied with our busy lives. We can no longer distract ourselves from the truth of what is going on.My message isn't for black people and what they should do going forward. My message is to white people to open our eyes and our hearts. That's the only choice we have, otherwise this will continue.Let's choose to fight hate and fear with love and awareness. Ask not what can you do for me, but what can I do for you? Be the one to make the first move. In the end, love conquers all.#blacklivesmatter

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Tweet from @penguins: A message from Sidney Crosby: pic.twitter.com/33CQA5WjKF

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Tweet from @cmcdavid97: pic.twitter.com/l6SpDq6rSK

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Instagram from @erikkarlsson65: Erik Karlsson instagram post on racial injustice.

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Tweet from @NHLBruins: A statement from Patrice Bergeron.To those who wish to support:NAACP Boston: https://t.co/uXXPUDXivOCentre Multiethnique de Quebec: https://t.co/aS9a57RWOi pic.twitter.com/IVKU1hMNd6

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Tweet from @matt_dumba: ������ pic.twitter.com/KYcHfsCoD7

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Tweet from @ovi8: RIP George Floyd 💔so sad to see what happening everywhere and DC!! it is so important for us to respect and love each other no matter what we look like!!!! We need listen and do change...pls stay safe....take care each other and family 🙏🙏🙏

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Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: A statement from Shea Weber#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/N0TGj8FNn0

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Tweet from @RealStamkos91: pic.twitter.com/YNi5CIOnBF

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Tweet from @hallsy09: pic.twitter.com/Cyl0jw1byu

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Tweet from @91Tavares: pic.twitter.com/KWg1DhNv7D

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Tweet from @43_Kadri: UNITY 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/VBmEFvBmCx

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Tweet from @Holts170: I couldn���t find the words to say. And still haven���t. But I had to try. #BlackLivesMattter pic.twitter.com/skd8Zfs6ff

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Tweet from @BGALLY17: #Oneteam pic.twitter.com/FMTyqM5Gfc

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Tweet from @tseguinofficial: pic.twitter.com/tfQAs3RWGc

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Tweet from @GabeLandeskog92: #Blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/I3Y7VHnhJA

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Tweet from @AdamHenrique: The world needs to change. We all must be a part of it! pic.twitter.com/VFD6ZPbPcR

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Tweet from @ddems2: pic.twitter.com/hvHcZbq5Zh

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Tweet from @BoHorvat: #BlackLivesMatter #DifferentTogether pic.twitter.com/GhwIqaKVWN

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Tweet from @Jason_Zucker16: pic.twitter.com/1XqZqHPofX

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Tweet from @patmaroon: pic.twitter.com/FZUpAToVDT

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Tweet from @89SGagner: https://t.co/BHwR2Zuc21 https://t.co/rSfT55bWh5 pic.twitter.com/tktO0usF3x

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Tweet from @rayferrarotsn: pic.twitter.com/gXoEZLNhyt

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Tweet from @tierney71: pic.twitter.com/k7PHbJcs04

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Tweet from @tysonbarrie: #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/EHkgUoKp6B

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Tweet from @kandre_miller: Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/8RFWwSEaaE

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Tweet from @AM34: pic.twitter.com/Q3kUWy3rAW

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Tweet from @evanderkane_9: Proud to be a part of a great organization @SanJoseSharks led by Hasso Plattner. #itstartsatthetop https://t.co/yUXCPHtVJZ

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Tweet from @aduclair10: WE all have a voice, use it. Help create an environment where WE can all be treated equally. No matter what your race, religion or belief you may have, you should not stay silent about social inequality. Please spread the word. #JusticeForAll https://t.co/dxfkUwn7E9

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Tweet from @Logancouture: My thoughts. Sorry if this offends anyone. All love ������ pic.twitter.com/9BbktIrxqd

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Tweet from @PKSubban1: 🙌🏿������🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/un1Nj58jcC 

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Tweet from @connorcarrick: pic.twitter.com/9BUnwIhTXL

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Tweet from @kyleturris: I���m going to listen and educate myself. This is a WE problem. This is about human rights. We need to make the world a better place. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

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Tweet from @Subbz3r0: pic.twitter.com/OvwH3tFXGh

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Tweet from @BiggieFunke: I needed to say something in my own words. pic.twitter.com/VpkidaMjbX

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Tweet from @KevinWeekes: Today.Tomorrow.Every other day. pic.twitter.com/aLnml6hZ0Q

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Tweet from @NickFoligno: https://t.co/KJl8kP08qH pic.twitter.com/VUoIoSTazN

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Tweet from @maxdomi: Let���s all be part of the change. #UntilWeAllWin 🙏 pic.twitter.com/38CQGkye0a

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Tweet from @AnzeKopitar: pic.twitter.com/RkBHVytWK2

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Tweet from @leeberr09: pic.twitter.com/K08JN0ZG2T

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Tweet from @Smit_Treat15: My thoughts I felt compelled to share. pic.twitter.com/OcvJ1B7UyT

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Tweet from @mriles4: It���s hard to articulate my feelings right now. That said, what���s happening is wrong. We all have a responsibility to act; to listen, to learn, to speak up but most importantly to never accept anything less than equality, justice, anti-racism and love.

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