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.
NBA teams, MLB teams and even an American sports commentator 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.
Now, however, it seems that NHL players are reversing course and planning to boycott the games taking place Thursday evening.
Or, at least, they were planning to boycott the games until the NHL went ahead and decided to postpone the games themselves.
Games affected include Philadelphia Flyers/New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights/Vancouver Canucks matches that were scheduled to take place this evening.
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.
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.”
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.