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Fans and players condemn NHL for going ahead with games while other leagues boycott

The NHL is in some hot water after games went ahead as scheduled while other leagues boycotted following the shooting of Jacob Blake. 

On Wednesday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that hockey games set for that evening would not be postponed. 

"Obviously, our Players are free to express themselves in any manner they feel is appropriate," Daly reportedly said. 

Instead, a moment of reflection was observed ahead of Wednesday evening's Tampa/Boston game in Toronto and Colorado/Dallas game in Edmonton.

This comes after multiple other leagues chose to boycott, strike, or speak out against racial injustice, including the NBA. All three basketball games scheduled for Wednesday night were postponed after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play Game 5 in Orlando.

MLB's Milwaukee Brewers followed suit as did the Women's National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer. 

Former basketball player and current TNT sports commentator Kenny Smith even joined in by walking off his broadcast. 

Now, the NHL's response - or lack of - has prompted outrage from many in the hockey community such as former goaltender and current broadcaster Kelly Hrudey who asked the league to rethink only holding a moment of reflection.

San Jose Sharks player Evander Kane also spoke out, saying that as a Black man, he's insulted by the NHL's lack of action. 

Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild and co-founder of the Hockey Diversity Alliance added to the conversation, commenting on had it is that the NHL is always last to the party. Dumba has long called for change within the league.

Fans seemed to have similar thoughts with some saying that hockey simply is not important right now. 

"I didn't watch any hockey last night. Probably won't for the rest of the season.@NHL bubbles worked until this. It's now a failure," another fan wrote

Others tweeted their support for the players who raised their voices in opposition of the league. 

"I cannot even imagine what it is like for the men of colour behind the scenes in the NHL. Evander thanks for speaking up but it sad you have to. Like Audre Lorde said it isn't the job of the oppressed to constantly speak about oppression," added another fan.

Currently, there is no word on whether NHL Playoff games with proceed as scheduled this week of if the Raptors/Celtics NBA game scheduled for Thursday is going forward or not although Toronto Raptors' coach Nick Nurse said that a boycott is on the table

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