NHL says players have no plans to boycott games and nobody is surprised
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has reportedly confirmed that there are no plans to postpone the games taking place on Wednesday evening.
Hockey Night in Canada's Chris Johnston broke the news in a Tweet on Wednesday, quoting Daly's statement.
"I don't expect the League to initiate a game stoppage," Daly reportedly said. "Obviously, our Players are free to express themselves in any manner they feel is appropriate."
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says there are currently no plans to postpone tonight's games. "I don’t expect the League to initiate a game stoppage. Obviously, our Players are free to express themselves in any manner they feel is appropriate."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) August 26, 2020
Instead, the NHL will observe a moment of reflection before tonight's Tampa/Boston game in Toronto and tonight's Colorado/Dallas game in Edmonton, according to Johnston.
Tell the NHL it can keep its moment of reflection— Kayla Grey (@Kayla_Grey) August 26, 2020
The NBA subsequently postponed all three games that were scheduled to take place this evening.
MLB's Milwaukee Brewers have also joined the Milwaukee Bucks and will not play tonight.
FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 26, 2020
Although several NHL players have commended the Bucks' boycott, no player has said that he plans to boycott a game in response to the shooting of Blake.
San Jose Sharks player Evander Kane similarly tweeted that he was on board with the Bucks' decision.
Major statement by the NBA players 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽 I’m with it!— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) August 26, 2020
"Like the NHL would take a real stand on anything anyway," one Hamilton resident wrote.
I'm wondering if the NHL will regret its decision to proceed with its games tonight? This is an historic night and history will judge.— Jason Kay (@JKTHN) August 26, 2020
"No balls from the NHL once again, as expected," another person wrote.
Kenny Smith has more balls than the entire NHL https://t.co/wseTUnR9p5— Geoff (@geoffburnside) August 26, 2020
"The NHL's silence speaks volumes," an Ontario resident wrote.
The whitest league in the world isn't doing anything? Did anyone think they would😂 pic.twitter.com/Zcd4V3cn2T— For Mamba and The Mambacita (@iSkizm) August 26, 2020
Meanwhile, Toronto Raptors' coach Nick Nurse says there's a strong possibility the Raptors will boycott their game against the Celtics scheduled for Thursday.
"It's ongoing discussions," Nurse said. "I think it is on the table."
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