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Kadri wants NHL to give racial issues 'a little more acknowledgment'

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Nazem Kadri hopes the NHL will do more to acknowledge and support its players in the fight against racism.

"I think with what's going on in the world today with the injustice and the racism issue, I think that it's an important thing to come together and unify as players," the Colorado Avalanche forward said Wednesday. "From a player standpoint, I know we all stick together."

He continued: "From a league standpoint, I think we'd like to maybe see a little more acknowledgment and having them address the situation and know that they stand with their players."

Kadri stood side by side in solidarity with Jordan Greenway, Matt Dumba, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare before the Avalanche played the Minnesota Wild in an exhibition game earlier Wednesday. All four players are racial minorities.

Several NHL players and clubs have shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement since exhibition games began Tuesday.

"Hockey's a great game and we're all trying to make it better," Kadri said. "We're trying to make the game more diverse and the diversity in the game doesn't happen with racism still going on, so that's an important thing for us to address."

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