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.
More than 100 players in the bubble had a call with Evander Kane and Matt Dumba this afternoon.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) August 27, 2020
Once the players decided not to play tonight, then a further discussion led to all 8 teams wanting the same. Hence, two days of postponements. And again, players driven. https://t.co/4STEnA6v8i— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) August 27, 2020
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.
"I have no idea what's going on in the outside world." - Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault when asked about the boycotts/postponements/player strikes in other leagues.— Joshua Clipperton (@JClipperton_CP) August 27, 2020
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.
Vigneault was asked if he had any thoughts on the decisions of multiple leagues to sit out last night, and if we should expect any kind of response from the Flyers for today's game. His response (for clarity's sake, he was asked a similar question last night and deferred): pic.twitter.com/BYTQX5iGwH— Charlie O'Connor (@charlieo_conn) August 27, 2020
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.
If true, that's the youngest team in the playoffs (or the youngest core at the very least) leading the charge. https://t.co/Aim3y4Kzbw— Nucks Misconduct (@nucksmisconduct) August 27, 2020
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.
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
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.