“We feel strongly that this sends a clear message that human rights take precedence over sports,” Kane tweeted.
– Evander Kane (@ evanderkane_9) 27 August 2020
Sources told ESPN that the NHL and NHL Players Association have been in communication for the past 24 hours, but unless there is a strong push from the players, the league will not stop.
The NHLPA will hold a conference call with the players on Thursday afternoon, where they will be standing. Meanwhile, the NHL postponed several scheduled media achievements on Thursday afternoon.
Jacob Blake, a black man, was shot seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday as he attempted to enter the driver’s door of his vehicle. Video of the shooting was distributed on social media, sparking more protests and prompting more athletes to speak up or take action.
Games in the NBA, Major League Baseball, MLS and the WNBA were postponed to Wednesday night in protest against racial injustice. The NHL, however, completed its full slate of three playoff games, including the Philadelphia Flyers’ 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. Those two teams are to meet again on Thursday night.
On Thursday morning, Islanders coach Barry Trotz said his players were discussing the possibility of a boycott of their game, which was scheduled for 7 pm ET, although they predicted they would eventually decide to play.
“I know our team is in that discussion,” said Trotz. “I think we’re a very mature group. I trust the leadership of that group and the people [captain] Anders [Lee], And they are excellent in that way. They understand the importance of the playoffs, but they also understand where the world is right now.
“What happened yesterday, we weren’t really informed about what’s going on. We were playing when it all happened. As you digest it, I think what happened last night was for the athletes. A fantastic statement. They have a great platform and get it. For its use. ”
Trots’ counterpart, Flyers coach Ellen Vigneault, said he was so focused on the series that he was unaware of the protests that took place in other sports leagues on Wednesday.
“I don’t really know what’s going on in the outside world,” Vigneault said on Thursday morning. “We’re in this bubble right now. I’m investing 24/7 on my team, working 20 hours a day and making videos and preparing my group.”
Players from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Brins, who played at 8 a.m. ET Wednesday, said they only came to know about the NBA boycott when they got to the rink, at which point they felt full knowledge of the following It’s too late to be suit. The NHL held a moment of reflection before that game, though they did not have the same pregame moment in the Edmonton bubble for the Dallas Stars-Colorado Avalanche game.
Neither the stars nor the Avalanche said they had discussions about the boycott.
“If our players, even a player, had come up to me and said, ‘Hey, I don’t think we should play,’ then we would have addressed it as a team. But I would like someone in the room Never got a word from. ”Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “It’s obviously an important subject. It’s something we need to think long and hard about as a country. But I think tonight probably wasn’t the time and place for us.”
The Hockey Diversity Alliance was formed in June and is co-head of Kane, a San Jose Sharks winger, and Akeem Aliu, a former player who made news in November when he said that Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters had a racial bias toward him The slurry was used. While he was in the minors a decade ago. Shortly after, Peters resigned.
The HDA executive committee includes prominent minority players in the NHL, including Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley, Buffalo Sabers forward Wayne Simmonds, Flyers Future Stewart and recently retired forward Joel Ward.
In a letter announcing the formation of the group in June, the players said, “We will strive to be a force for positive change not only in the game of hockey but also within the society.” “While we will be independent of the NHL, we are hoping that we will work productively with the league to meet these important changes. We value the importance of accountability in developing inclusiveness and diversity for all those involved in our sport Believe, including fans. League office