Former NHL star Jarome Iginla is encouraged by the sight of thousands across North America protesting in the wake of George Floyd's death while in police custody in Minneapolis last week.
Notably, the 42-year-old is pleased to see people from all walks of life publicly united in fighting racial injustice.
"I like to see that it's not just black people out protesting together; it's white people, black people, all races sharing a message," Iginla said on Sportsnet's "31 Thoughts" podcast.
Iginla stressed the importance of the demonstrations and trusts that they can bring about positive change.
"I believe in them and what they're about and having change. I do hope they continue. I do, I think they're powerful and people are hearing the message," he said.
Iginla is the league's most recent black captain, serving as the Calgary Flames' leader from 2003-2013. He amassed 625 goals and 675 assists over 1,554 NHL games and won two "Rocket" Richards, an Art Ross, and two Olympic gold medals.