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Other players have referred to Kraken's Philipp Grubauer as a Nazi.

Philipp Grubauer, the goaltender for the Seattle Kraken, claimed on Friday that during his hockey career, he has been branded a Nazi by other players.

As part of the Kraken's "Hockey Is for Everyone" debate series, Grubauer presented the following story:

The slurs were used against the 30-year-old German Grubauer during his junior hockey playing days, according to the entire video of the exchange available on the Kraken's website.

After growing up in Germany and playing junior hockey there, Grubauer played in Canada's Ontario Hockey League for the Belleville Bulls, Windsor Spitfires, and Kingston Frontenacs from 2009 to 2011.

During the discussion, Grubauer admitted that he and other players used to be hesitant to speak up because of the reaction they may get from the other team, which included "20 other guys chirping you."

The veteran goalie went on to say that the hockey culture has improved since then, with players banding together to oppose abusive language and viewpoints.

Grubauer just ended his debut season with the expansion Kraken after signing a six-year free agent contract with them.

With a 3.16 goals-against average,.889 save percentage, and two shutouts, he had an 18-35-1 record.

Grubauer previously played for the Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche, winning a Stanley Cup as a backup with the Caps in 2018 and finished third in Vezina Trophy voting as a starter for the Avalanche in 2021.