NHL just postponed all of the playoff games tonight
NHL players spend most of their time on the ice, but they've been taking some heat lately after refusing to join a boycott that rocked the sports world on Wednesday evening.
Teams from the NBA, MLB and WNBA were among those that boycotted games in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
The NHL went ahead with all three scheduled games as planned.
Today, however, NHL players reversed course and indicated they planned to boycott the games taking place Thursday evening.
Players and teams involved are acknowledging there won’t be games tonight, however, it’s up to the NHL and NHLPA to formally postpone.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) August 27, 2020
That was until the NHL went ahead and decided to postpone the games themselves.
Breaking: The NHL will not play any playoff games Thursday in solidarity with other leagues protesting the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, sources confirm to @emilymkaplan. pic.twitter.com/WKESkdHAuI— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 27, 2020
Games affected include Philadelphia Flyers/New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights/Vancouver Canucks matches that were scheduled to take place this evening.
Statement from the National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League. https://t.co/uV1F5iDeUS pic.twitter.com/JS2t0MvUij— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 27, 2020
Before the official postponement, the push was being led by the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA), an organization dedicated to eradicating systemic racism and intolerance in hockey.
The HDA formally reached out to the NHL and requested that the games Thursday night not proceed.
We the @TheOfficialHDA have formally requested the @NHL to suspend all playoffs games today. We strongly feel this sends a clear message to that human rights take priority over sports. We should not stay silent towards systemic racism and any racial inequalities in our society.— Anthony Duclair (@aduclair10) August 27, 2020
San Jose Sharks player Evander Kane was among the hockey players supporting the boycott.
The Vancouver-born player has repeatedly spoken out about the importance of taking action through professional sport when it comes to battling racism.
"Actually it's incredibly insulting as a (B)lack man in hockey the lack of action and acknowledgement from the NHL," Kane tweeted Wednesday night. "Just incredibly insulting."
August 27, 2020
Meanwhile, the NBA has officially postponed the Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics game scheduled to take place Thursday night, although the league says that the playoffs will go on.
The Toronto Blue Jays game vs. the Boston Red Sox is also among games cancelled tonight.
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