Racism: the players have the duty to speak out, said John Chayka

Racisme: les joueurs ont le devoir de s'exprimer, dit John Chayka

The director-general of the Coyotes of Arizona, John Chayka, does not only support the players who have stormed social media to denounce racism. He estimated Tuesday that public figures had a duty to do so.

Since the death by asphyxiation of George Floyd there are more than a week, the messages of denunciation and solidarity are increasing. The day of Tuesday, has in particular seen Twitter being flooded by black squares accompanied by the hashtag #blackouttuesday (black Tuesday).

The players of the national hockey League are no exception. In Coyotes, Taylor Hall, and Jakob Chychrun took the floor.

“We want our players to be able to express themselves freely about everything,” said Chayka, on Tuesday, the network Sportsnet. “When things like these happen, people who have a platform [to express themselves], they have the duty to speak up and make a difference.”

In another order of idea, Chayka has also talked about the contractual situation of the Hall, that he has acquired the New Jersey Devils in the month of February last. The DG wishes to retain the services of the attacker-star, and he hopes that his club will be able to go far in the playoffs, so to give him a helping hand to achieve this goal.

“The success series is able to satisfy the players. I don’t know if it is specific to Taylor Hall, but I know he is very motivated by the victory. What are [the targets] the number 1, 2, and 3 on his list. If we demonstrate that we can be a good team for a long time, it will help.”

Hall has scored 16 goals and totaled 52 points in 65 games with the Devils and the Coyotes this season. He won the Hart trophy as the outstanding player of the circuit, at the end of the campaign 2017-2018.

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