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FORMER NHL PLAYERS ADVOCATING FOR POLICING OVERHAUL BILL NAMED FOR GEORGE FLOYD

APR 21, 2021  (11H23)      BRENNEN BEAUDIN
Former NHL players J.T. Brown and Anson Carter are helping push for Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, along with a large group of other professional athletes, coaches, and entertainers around the country. The bill entails a policing overhaul that was named after Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis police custody nearly a year ago.

Carter and Brown are also supporters of the Alliance for Criminal Justice Reform, which is a group of activists trying to work towards the enactment of police reform legislation.

"You don't have to be a lobbyist to get involved," Carter said. "I'm a television guy, I was a hockey guy, but I also live in these communities where these issues are real. I'm trying to educate myself on what the issues are so I can really take an active participation role."

The two former players were signees for the Alliance's «Call to Action» movement back in March. This movement urged allies to join them in attempting to pressure members of the U.S. Senate to pass the bill on May 12.

The NHL senior executive vice president of social impact, growth initiatives, and legislative affairs, Kim Davis, praised the duo for using their platform to pursue the greater good.

"When NHL players use their voice and their platform to advocate for racial justice, they can have an incredible impact -- one that can increase momentum for actionable change while also inspiring our current and potential fans," Davis said. "Anson and J.T. have been courageous leaders for social justice, so it is fitting to see them join this powerful cross-industry coalition that aims to improve our criminal justice system. Their involvement is an example of how everyone in the hockey community -- from players to fans to league executives -- can find ways to support racial equality efforts."

Other notable names that are signees include NBA stars Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, and Andre Iguodala and NBA coaches Doc Rivers and Gregg Popovich, along with entertainers including Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey.

The bill would ban police from using chokeholds, end racial and religious profiling, create a national database to track police misconduct, and prohibit the use of certain no-knock warrants.

Carter is currently working as an analyst for NBC sports, but he did have a respectable NHL career tallying 421 points (202 goals, 219 assists) in 674 games between the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Carolina Hurricanes.

Brown scored 72 points in 365 games, splitting time across the Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, and most recently the Minnesota Wild.

Carter expressed his pride to represent hockey in the alliance's supporters.

"I look at these committees, and rarely have I seen hockey players included in these groups," said Carter, who co-chairs the NHL's Player Inclusion Committee. "I think that leaves people thinking that people in the hockey community don't care, and that's not true."

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
52283967
MITCH MARNER
54204767
PATRICK KANE
+2
55155166
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
50402565
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
ALEX DEBRINCAT
+2
51312354
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
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NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 9, 2021 G A PTS
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
1 2 3
MATTHEW TKACHUK
1 2 3
ALEX DEBRINCAT
2 - 2
MARK GIORDANO
1 1 2
BRANDON HAGEL
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
- 2 2
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 - 1
DILLON DUBE
1 - 1
MACKENZIE ENTWISTLE
1 - 1
DENIS GURIANOV
1 - 1
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