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Seattle Kraken goalkeeper Phillip Grobur said Friday that other players called him a Nazi during his hockey career.
Grobauer told the story as part of the Kraken team’s “Hockey for All” discussion series:
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“They called me a Nazi and no one came forward.”
In the second episode of our hockey series for everyone, #SeaKraken Goalkeeper @Philgrubauer31 Opens up about changes in hockey culture that have allowed players to start standing up for what’s right → https://t.co/6X0ZFkIIPy pic.twitter.com/kr6YubSDS0
The 30-year-old Grobauer, who is from Germany, said in the full video of the conversation on Kraken’s website That insults were used against him during his junior hockey days.
Grubauer played in the Ontario Canadian Hockey League from 2009 to 2011 with the Belleville Bulls, Windsor Spitfires and Kingston Frontenacs after growing up in Germany and playing hockey there as well.
During the discussion, Grobauer said he and the other players were afraid to speak out because of the reaction it might provoke, including “20 more guys tweeting you” from the other team.
The veteran playmaker went on to suggest that the culture has changed in hockey since then as players banded together to confront hateful language and opinions.
Grubauer recently finished his first season with the Kraken expansion after signing a six-year contract with them at a free agency.
He hit a record 18-35-1 with 3.16 goals-to-average, 0.889 savings and two closings.
Previously playing for the Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche, Grubauer won the Stanley Cup with the Hats as backup in 2018, and finished third in the Vezina Trophy vote as the Avs starter in 2021.