Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Sidney Crosby: 'Racism that exists today in all forms is not acceptable'

The death of George Floyd has sparked outrage across the United States, and while many hockey players didn't originally speak up regarding the matter, they're finally beginning to do so. Sidney Crosby, one of the NHL's biggest stars, released a statement condemning racism and promoting inclusion.

"What happened to George Floyd cannot be ignored," the Pittsburgh Penguins captain wrote in a statement from his foundation Wednesday. "Racism that exists today in all forms is not acceptable. While I am not able to relate to the discrimination that black and minority communities face daily, I will listen and educate myself on how I can help make a difference.

"Together, we will find solutions through necessary dialogue and a collective effort."

Crosby is the latest player to offer his thoughts on racism in the wake of Floyd's death. San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, who is black, called for athletes to speak up on the matter and be the role models that people see them as. 

These actions come after Floyd, an African-American man, died last week after he was violently apprehended by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

The 46-year-old was pinned to the ground by Chauvin, who then proceeded to kneel on his neck and prevent him from breathing. Floyd pleaded for his life and even told Chauvin he couldn't breathe, but Chauvin refused to move off his neck.

Floyd was later pronounced dead at the hospital, and Chauvin was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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Can you name the captain of every team to make the Stanley Cup Final since 2000?

An asterisk (*) indicates team won the Cup that year. Due to a work stoppage, the 2004-05 NHL season was canceled.

2019 / STL*
Alex Pietrangelo
2019 / BOS
Zdeno Chara
2018 / WAS*
Alex Ovechkin
2017 / PIT*
Sidney Crosby
2017 / NSH
Mike Fisher
2016 / PIT*
Sidney Crosby
2016 / SJ
Joe Pavelski
2015 / CHI*
Jonathan Toews
2015 / TB
Steven Stamkos
2014 / LA*
Dustin Brown
2014 / NYR
Ryan Callahan
2013 / CHI*
Jonathan Toews
2013 / BOS
Zdeno Chara
2012 / LA*
Dustin Brown
2012 / NJ
Zach Parise
2011 / BOS*
Zdeno Chara
2011 / VAN
Henrik Sedin
2010 / CHI*
Jonathan Toews
2010 / PHI
Mike Richards
2009 / PIT*
Sidney Crosby
2009 / DET
Nicklas Lidstrom
2008 / DET*
Nicklas Lidstrom
2008 / PIT
Sidney Crosby
2007 / ANA*
Scott Niedermayer
2007 / OTT
Daniel Alfredsson
2006 / CAR*
Rod Brind'Amour
2006 / EDM
Jason Smith
2004 / TB*
Dave Andreychuk
2004 / CAL
Jarome Iginla
2003 / NJ*
Scott Stevens
2003 / ANA
Paul Kariya
2002 / DET*
Steve Yzerman
2002 / CAR
Ron Francis
2001 / COL*
Joe Sakic
2001 / NJ
Scott Stevens
2000 / NJ*
Scott Stevens
2000 / DAL
Derian Hatcher

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