After reports surfaced that the NHL had decided that Stanley Cup Playoff games should be postponed, the NHLPA has decided that the players will not play on Thursday or Friday. The decision was made after a push from among their ranks, following the Milwaukee Bucks decision not to play as a means of protest and a way to bring awareness to racial injustice and police brutality.
Players around sports showed support to the Bucks, unified in a message of change, justice and equality.
The league received criticism from players for its initial lack of action, with many questioning their commitment to the cause.
Some players called out the league as well. Evander Kane was outspoken on social media, calling it "insulting."
He also tweeted out that the Hockey Diversity Alliance has requested the league suspend all of Thursday's games.
NHL teams and players reacted on social media when the games were postponed. Here are some of the reactions:
Respect to the players inside the bubble that listened to what @theHDA2020 had to say & collectively made the decision not to play tonight— Garret Sparks (@GSparks40) August 27, 2020
Was looking forward to watching the games like every night but some issues are bigger than the game
Hockey players can fight for justice