Nazem Kadri becomes first Muslim to hold the Stanley Cup

Nazem Kadri holds the Stanley Cup after the Colorado Avalanche victory for the prestigious National Hockey League championship over Tampa Bay. He proudly said that this win sends a message for everyone who ever doubted him.

Kardi is a Muslim of Labanese decent.  Kadri’s wife, Ashley, has been getting hateful online messages on the Instagram page she set up for Jazzy, their family pet. People were sending violently racist messages to the account of a tuxedo cat. 

The majority of the abusers were purported to be St. Louis Blues fans who were livid that Kadri was involved in a collision with goaltender Jordan Binnington. (Binnington later admitted he threw a water bottle at Kadri while in search of a recycling bin. “It is what it is,” Binnington said at the time. “It’s hockey. It’s a competitive game.”) This was followed by a deluge of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim hate from fans. It got so bad that the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Arab Institute (CAI) called on the NHL for a lifetime ban on the abusers.

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