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Sunday Caps Clips: Black Lives Matter

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The qualifying round of hockey opens with a strong message from the Hockey Diversity Alliance and hopeful first steps by the NHL, Carlson’s status remains up in the air for tomorrow and more.

Chicago Blackhawks v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

“I stand in front of you today, on behalf of [the Hockey Diversity Alliance and the NHL], and promise you that we will fight against injustice and fight for what is right. I hope this inspires a new generation of hockey players and hockey fans. 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.” - Matt Dumba

Matt Dumba opened yesterday’s Western Conference Qualifiers with a heartfelt speech about diversity, racism and Black Lives Matter. The quote above is from his speech, and if you missed it yesterday, be sure to take a few minutes to watch it:

Also important? This video, which was produced by the NHL — and despite that fact it was surprisingly on point:

And now on to your savory breakfast links:

  • Hockey is back, and Commissioner Gary Bettman has a message for all of us fans. [NHL]
  • Hear from coach and players after yesterday’s bubble practice. [Caps video (Reirden, Dowd, Kempny, Kovalchuk)]
  • Vitek Vanecek is ready to take over as the Caps’ #2 goalie. [NoVa Caps]
  • John Carlson was back at practice with the team yesterday, but is still unconfirmed for tomorrow’s round-robin game. [NHL, NBCSW, NoVa Caps, RMNB, StarsandSticks]
  • The Caps will have some challenging roads ahead in the coming months, with the salary cap staying flat and the Seattle expansion draft looming. [NBCSW]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Torrie Robertson.