Canucks: How Horvat evolved beyond being just a leader into an advocate

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Keep talking about injustice, Bo Horvat says. The world won’t get better without it.

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Patrick Johnston

Canucks captain Bo Horvat. Photo by Bob Frid /USA TODAY Sports Article content

For Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat, it’s been a busy 18 months. Like everyone else, he’s had to manage the new realities of life in COVID-19 times.

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But he and his wife, Holly, have welcomed a new baby. And he’s become something of a social-justice advocate.

Some sports are used to having its athletes speak up in the name of social justice, to recognize the power of their voices and call for change. Hockey hasn’t often been one of those sports, but, in the last 18 months, NHLers have slowly but surely begun talking about things that are wrong in our community, things that shouldn’t be but still are.

Horvat, along with a handful of teammates, were among the leaders of the NHL’s two-day protest in support of Black Lives Matter in summer 2020. Seeing the continuing protests going on in the U.S. gave them pause and, when the protests grew ever louder after Jacob Blake was killed in Kenosha, Wis., t he Canucks’ leaders got in touch with Ryan Reaves, their rival on the Vegas Golden Knights who had taken a…

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