Less than 24 hours after the NBA was forced to postpone playoff games due to a player boycott, the NHL will be doing the same.
The NBA, among other leagues, boycotted Wednesday’s games in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. In a sign of solidarity, the NHL will postpone Thursday’s two playoff games and are expected to postpone both of Friday’s games as well. On Thursday afternoon, Sharks forward @Evander Kane tweeted that the Hockey Diversity Alliance formally requested the NHL to suspend all playoff games on Thursday.
“We strongly feel this sends a clear message that human rights take priority over sports,” Kane added in the tweet.
Exactly. The PLAYERS took a stand today, they stepped up. Proud of my fellow nhl PLAYERS for their action. https://t.co/IKcsvcoUbl
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) August 27, 2020
Nothing has officially been announced but it seems likely that the playoff schedule will simply be pushed back two days. That would mean the @Philadelphia Flyers and @New York Islanders as well as the @Vegas Golden Knights and @Vancouver Canucks will meet for their respective Game 3’s on Saturday.