The Hockey Diversity Alliance calls for the NHL to suspend playoff games

The Hockey Diversity Allowance demands the NHL postpone playoff games to stand for human rights.

Hockey Diversity Alliance
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On Wednesday, multiple members of professional sports leagues refused to play in the name of social justice, The NHL was excluded from the mass strike.

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Evander Kane, a forward for the San Jose Sharks and a founder of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, spoke with Canadian media outlet Sportsnet about the need for the National Hockey League to be more supportive of social justice causes.

“We had these conversations earlier with the George Floyd killing of continuing the conversation, furthering the conversation, everybody wanting to be better and making sure that we’re more vocal and we do better moving forward,” Kane remarks.

“Here’s another example, unfortunately, but it’s also another example of the lack of with regards to our league and our players and our media that cover our game.”

Kane also spoke out on Twitter about his feelings on the NHL’s lack of action.

His comments come after a 1-day strike took over the sports world, beginning with the Milwaukee Bucks refusing to take the court for their scheduled playoff match against the Orlando Magic. The initial action led to cancellations in the NBA, WNBA, and MLS schedule according to theGrio.

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Although ESPN reports NBA playoffs are to resume, Kane and other NHL players hope their league has its moment of solidarity. Today, the HDA issued a formal request for the NHL to suspend palyoff games in support of human rights.

According to the official website, the HDA’s purpose is “to eradicate systemic racism and intolerance in hockey. The organization’s goals include creating policy and rule changes to make the culture of hockey more inclusive. The Boston Globe reports the NHL is 97% white.

Anthony Duclair, Akim Aliu, Wayne Simmonds, and Matt Dumba, all founders of the HDA shared a message on Twitter, calling for the league to cancel today’s matches.

According to Sportsnet, their demands may not fall on deaf ears as players have reportedly been informed to prepare for possible cancellation of today and Friday’s scheduled games.

The current schedule includes game three of the Philadelphia Flyers versus New York Islanders and game three of the Vancouver Canucks against the Vegas Golden Knights for Thursday. On Friday, game four of the Tampa Bay Lightning is set against the Boston Bruins, and game four of the Colorado Avalanche play the Dallas Stars.

theGrio has reached out to the Hockey Diversity Alliance for further comment.

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