The University of North Dakota hockey team is believed to be the first division one college hockey team to take a knee during the National Anthem.  According to the Omaha World Herald, Junior forward Jasper Weatherby and Junior defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker showed a demonstration against racial injustice in this country and around the world.

 

“We believe racial injustices and the treatment of minorities and people of color in this country needs to stop,’’ Weatherby told the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald. “It needs to be improved all over America and all over the world.’’

Jasper Weatherby is an Oregon native and Jacob Bernard-Docker was born in Canada. The players, who are white, are assistant captains on the team. They were the only members of the University North Dakota hockey team who decided to show a demonstration. University of North Dakota hockey coach Brad Berry backed his players, saying "People have different beliefs, and we'd given it a lot of thought." Berry went on to say, "We want to make sure that nobody is disrespected through what happened today."

The top ranked University of North Dakota hockey team went on to dominate Miami of Ohio by beating the Red Hawks 2-0. The game was not nearly as close as the score. The Fighting Hawks severely out shot Miami, and most of the play was in Miami's end.

The game was played in Omaha, Nebraska, as all NCHC games will be played in a pod during the month of December.  No fans are allowed at the games.  UND got goals from Matt Kiersted and Riese Gaber in the win.  UND will play Denver on Friday night in their next NCHC game.


 

 

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