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10 October 2017, 06:41 | Winifred Adams

JT Brown Becomes First NHL Player To Protest During National Anthem This Season

Liberty's Michael Cole III takes a knee during the playing of the national anthem before their game against Hertiage at Heritage High School in Brentwood Calif. on Friday Sept. 29 2017

J.T. Brown, the Minnesota-born son of a former Minnesota Vikings running back, who played his college hockey at the University of Minnesota Duluth, stood and raised his fist in silent protest during a regular season game between his team, the Tampa Bay Lightening, and the Florida Panthers.

"I'd like to say that maybe halfway through the year, or maybe next game, we're having these different conversations and things change", he told the Times.

Brown also said that he wanted to draw attention to the issue, while realizing there would be a negative backlash over his protest.

The forward, 27, revealed on Sunday he received death threats on social media after his protest.

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He wrote on Twitter that he hoped it would bring awareness to police brutality and racial inequality; he saw a raised fist as a middle ground for those who believed that kneeling for the national anthem, as some NFL players have done, disrespected the flag. There comes a time where you can not remain silent, hoping and wishing for a change. That's not to say that the people on the team and guys in this room don't think that's the right thing to do, but it's tough when I can't look over and the guy beside me knows exactly what's going on and exactly how I feel. "It takes much more". He also mentioned that he-like Colin Kaepernick before him-had consulted members of the military about his demonstration during the anthem. We can't just stick with the status quo.

"I have received racist remarks and death threats because [people] disagree with me because how I chose to raise awareness", he continued. I want young minorities to see what they may be going through is not being ignored by the hockey community. "We need to be able to listen to those with an opposing view and talk to one another if [we] want to learn, grow, and make change".

Lightning wing J.T. Brown didn't get a chance to perform another silent anthem protest Monday.

The team released a statement, saying in part that the organization respects players and their individual choices on social and political issues.

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