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Canucks were a “driving force” behind the NHL suspending play: Report

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Vancouver native Evander Kane, and the rest of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, spearheaded the charged.

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EDMONTON, ALBERTA - AUGUST 01: (L-R) Malcolm Subban #30 of the Chicago Blackhawks, Mathew Dumba of the Minnesota Wild and Darnell Nurse #25 of the Edmonton Oilers stand at center ice before Game One of the Western Conference Qualification Round between the Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Place on August 01, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Wednesday was a historic day for the sports world. The NHL, however, was on the wrong side of history.

While the NBA, MLB, WNBA and MLS all cancelled games, the most privileged white league in North America played on.

On Thursday, the NHL had a chance to slightly rectify their mistake by postponing Thursday’s games.

That was what occurred after a call for action from the Hockey Diversity Alliance (more on that below).

As of about noon on Thursday, the NHL players and the league announced that games will be postponed on Thursday and Friday, with play likely to resume Saturday.

According to one report from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Canucks were one of the teams that helped move the needle on the eventual shutdown.

You would think that Brooks’s report would have merit, based on the tone-deaf comments from Alain Vigneault earlier in the day.

His full answer puts the quote in context, but saying that you’re “too much of a hockey nerd” as an excuse to ignore the protest from the other major leagues is not a good excuse.

It does speak volumes that an older, supposedly more mature adult in Vigneault looks like an ass, whereas one of the youngest teams in the league can stand up and make a difference.

Below are the previous additions to this article as the day has moved along.

UPDATE: NHL players answer the HDA’s call, suspend Thursday’s games

Following the request from the Hockey Diversity Alliance asking the NHL to suspend games on Thursday, the players and the league followed through, cancelling both the Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders, and Vancouver Canucks vs. Vegas Golden Knights contests.

Hockey Diversity Alliance asks NHL to cancel Thursday’s games

Evander Kane mentioned it in his comments yesterday, but the visible minorities in hockey need help if they want hockey fans to elevate their conversations and actions in regards to the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Now, Kane, and the rest of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, has asked that the NHL suspend all play on Thursday.

At Nucks Misconduct, we have already said that we won’t be covering the Game 3 of the Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights. It’s the least we could do...but clearly it’s a more powerful message for the team and the league to take a day off to focus on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Thankfully, the Canucks, Golden Knights and the other teams in action tonight made the right call to postpone Thursday’s games.