Twitter User Shares Nazem Kadri’s Touching Story


Most of the hockey world has rallied behind Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri following a wave of racially motivated harassment online during a heated second-round series against the Blues. St. Louis.

With many on social media expressing their solidarity with the 31-year-old, some took the opportunity to share stories of their encounters with Kadri and sing his praises as a generous and kind young man.

On Friday, a Twitter user named Ms. Terpstra shared a story involving a young Kadri when he played for the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL between 2006 and 2008. His family attended an event hosted by the team, at during which Kadri took the time to offer good advice to Mrs. Terpstra’s distraught young daughter.

“When Kadri was playing for the OHL Rangers, we took our kids to a Skate with the Rangers event. My middle child had just started playing hockey and wasn’t much of a skater. She was discouraged because she was falling a lot.

“I told her that if she asked any of the Rangers they’d probably tell her they also fell when they found out. She said, ‘Can we ask one of them? So we skated to the nearest Ranger, which happened to be Kadri.

“I told him my daughter had a question for him. He knelt down on the ice to be eye level with her and she said, “When you learned to play hockey, did you fall often?” He replied, “All the time. But I kept getting up and trying again.

“Kadri took the time to encourage a little girl who was ready to quit hockey. This little girl has been recruited to play varsity hockey in college next year. I will never stop telling this story.

The story was shared with the #StandwithNaz, and quickly went viral.

Lebanese-born Kadri has been the target of racist attacks and death threats following his collision with St. Louis’ Jordan Binnington in Game 3 of the second-round series, forcing the Blues goaltender to leave the formation for the rest of the series. . Further abuse came after the Avalanche took a 3-1 series lead as Kadri scored a hat trick, including the game-winner, in a 6-3 win over the Blues in game 4.

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri has received an outpouring of support following racist attacks on social media during the second-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues. (Getty Images)

In Game 5, in which the Avs could have ousted the visiting Blues but ended up losing in overtime, Avalanche fan and season ticket holder Adrienne Ruth printed 300 “Stand with Naz” signs. ” displayed during the warm-up and throughout the match.

Kadri and the Avalanche face the Blues in St. Louis in Game 6 on Friday night, hoping to advance to the Western Conference Finals to face the Edmonton Oilers for a Stanley Cup shot.

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