The NHL community rightfully condemned the savage murder of George Floyd. However, unlike the NFL, MLB, and the NBA, the NHL is not surrendering to the Left. At least for now. The players are not going on any anti-America or anti-Semitic rants. They are not plastering disingenuous social justice messages on their jerseys. The names of NHL teams are not going to be changed, and the players and coaches will stand during the playing of America’s national anthem. As they should. If the NHL can keep this up they will be in a very strong position in post COVID-19 America.
Players and coaches STANDING in solidarity for the national anthem🇺🇸👍🏻😊hockey rules🥅🏒🏒 pic.twitter.com/aIrby8QZlD
— Michele (@Ponie333) July 30, 2020
Pelicans & Jazz kneel together during National Anthem before NBA Bubble opener pic.twitter.com/kDttXEKI7o
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) July 30, 2020
Every NHL player stands for national anthem during season restart, but some lock arms as sign of unity
By Washington Examiner, July 31, 2020
Every player in the opening exhibition games in the National Hockey League’s restart of the season stood for the national anthem, while some linked arms as a sign of unity rather than kneeling.
NHL players on the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins all stood for the anthem on Tuesday, and teams involved in Wednesday’s exhibitions stood as well.
The Penguins and Flyers, two of the fiercest rivals in sports, united in solidarity this afternoon, to stand up against social injustice, racism, and hate.
The teams stood as one across each club’s respective blue lines prior to today’s game. pic.twitter.com/HPi36959Ns
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 28, 2020
The same was the case on Thursday when all members of the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators stood arm-in-arm while standing for the anthem.
— x-Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 30, 2020
Kneeling during the national anthem, a demonstration against racial inequality and police brutality, hasn’t caught on in the NHL, as it has in other professional sports leagues. Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown raised a fist during the anthem in 2017, and San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward considered kneeling but ultimately decided against it.
The actions taken by NHL players during the anthem represent a much different philosophy than that of NBA and MLB players as they get back to playing games following season delays because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the NBA’s season restart on Thursday night, all players involved in both games took a knee for the anthem while linking arms and wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts. Several players also opted to wear Black Lives Matter-themed messages on the back of their jerseys instead of their last names.
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