Nazem Kadri surprised the fans in London after he appeared at the stage in front of the mosque with the Stanley Cup trophy. "This is a big deal." Kadri is a London child, he spent his childhood there, so he wanted 'to be the first-ever Muslim to be able to bring the Stanley Cup to the mosque' "As I sit here and reflect, I'm a London boy, these are the streets I grew up on, this is the mosque I used to come to and everything seems to have come full circle," Kadri said for NHL.com "I'm very appreciative, privileged and honored to be the first-ever Muslim to be able to bring the Stanley Cup to the mosque.
That's something I'm always going to respect and always going to remember. It's part of my background, part of my roots and part of who I am. There's a reason why I brought it out and showcased it because I think the community deserves it.
They've been cheering me on from the start, so I wanted to share it with everybody."
Kadri's father on Islamophobia
His father Samir believes that Islamophobia is a big problem today, and that we are all equally important and have the same problems.
"I think that's an important part and especially with Islamophobia in this day and age," said Kadri's father, Samir. "We just wanted to connect with everybody and say, 'Listen, we're no different.
We all have the same concerns, we all have the same commitments, we all work hard in our community to make it better and we need to work harder to make it better, and that we need to get rid of ignorance in our society.'
London resident Nawaz Tahir believes that this is an ideal example of how to fight for your dreams. "It's a huge, huge moment for our community, a community that has been through so much tragedy recently," Tahir said.
"So to come together for a happy event, to celebrate one of our own who was raised here and is part of our community, it's important to see that and be a part of that. It shows our kids that anything is possible no matter what the color of your skin is or what your religion is, you can reach the top and be whatever you want to be and accomplish everything you want."
Kadri wants to be an example to young people. "That's the goal at the end of the day, to try to inspire and motivate our youth," Kadri said. "I have kids myself and I know the young generation is looking for role models, so I do the best I can and I'm just happy I get to share it with everybody."