As many of you already know, I've always tried to use my platform as a professional athlete to raise awareness about societal issues. This venture into fashion is my message to those that feel undervalued and overlooked in any way.

Defy memorializes the personal adversity that I, as well as many others, have faced growing up as black hockey players. Time after time I was told I could never make it, and once I did, my presence fueled hate. Many have tried to bring me, and other players that look like me, down - but it didn't matter.

When they doubt, we Defy.

This brand serves as a symbol of hope, and a testament that hard work can pay off. Come join me, and let's defy all odds, together.