Wild’s Dumba, Spurgeon discuss Chauvin verdict

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Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba has been among the most outspoken athletes in any pro sport about the need to advance the fight against racism. He and Wild captain Jared Spurgeon talked Wednesday about personal and team reactions to Tuesday’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Click the video box on this page to watch Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon’s videoconference with media Wednesday regarding the reaction to the Derek Chauvin verdict and the hope for progress in the fight against racism in hockey and society

Dumba helped found the Hockey Diversity Alliance during the NHL’s pause for the pandemic. The organization’s mission is to "eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey."

He also gave a vibrant speech about racism in hockey prior to the re-start of the National Hockey League season in August, 2020.

Dumba and the HDA sponsored a "Hockey without Limits" camp for minority and underpriveleged kids in the Twin Cities back in February, and plans to do much more in a grassroots outreach to the community in the future.

The players spoke from Arizona ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Coyotes.