a post on Facebook put out by the Devils at about 5 PM today, the organization
will be closing the offices of both the club and the Prudential Center tomorrow,
Friday, June 19, in recognition of Juneteenth.
is an unofficial American holiday (except in Texas where it is an official
state holiday), celebrating the official emancipation of the last slaves in the
Confederacy following the American Civil War.
On June 19,
1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas
proclaiming slaves in Texas to be free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had
actually freed all slaves almost three years before, due to Texas’ remote
location at the time, enforcement of the Proclamation was difficult for Union
of the holiday go back to 1866 and are usually celebrated in most major cities
and Prudential Center are recognizing it as a permanent company holiday in
order for players and staff “to reflect, learn and celebrate Juneteenth as we
collectively work toward racial equality.”
There is currently
a movement among citizens to get the holiday recognized as a federal holiday in
the United States at large.
defenseman PK Subban is donating $50,000 to a fund for the daughter of George
Floyd according to an article on the NHL’s official app posted on Wednesday.
that he contacted Commissioner Gary Bettman, “who told him the League would
match the donation.”
daughter, six-year-old Gianna, has had a GoFundMe page set up for her after her
father was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. Subban is
contributing the money to her there.
in a Twitter video: “The narrative has been the same. No justice. There needs
to be justice. Justice has to happen. Change needs to come. But we need
everyone. We need everyone and all people to look at our lives and see where we
can help that change and do our part … I am committed to that through and
should be noted, does a lot of charity work, including his Blue Line Buddies
program which pairs a Newark-area police officer with a child from the
officer’s city to see a Devils game in person together at the Prudential Center.
He has been active in trying to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the
children in the cities that the officers serve since his days with Nashville.
on the NHL’s app finished by mentioning other players who are looking to get
more involved in fighting racism. Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets, “who grew
up 20 minutes from Minneapolis” discussed wishing he was “more involved sooner
than [he] was.” He said “I wish that it didn’t take me this long to get behind
it in a meaningful way. But I guess what you can do is try to be better going
Sidney Crosby, Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and San Jose’s Evander Kane have
represented the NHL in helping “to call for an end to racial injustice”
according to the article.