Vancouver Canucks game postponed to protest racial injustice: reports

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The NHLPA has voted to cancel all playoff games scheduled for Thursday, including the Vancouver Canucks game against the Vegas Golden Knights, according to multiple reports.The game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders in Toronto has also reportedly been postponed as players join those from other professional sports leagues to support human rights and protest the shooting of Jacob Blake by the police.

NHL players might not play on Friday either.

The Hockey Diversity Alliance also called on the NHL to suspend all playoff games on Thursday.

« We strongly believe this sends a clear message that human rights take priority over sport, ”said Matt Dumba, a Minnesota Wild player and alliance member, in a tweet.

“In fact, it’s incredibly insulting as a black man in hockey @nhl’s lack of action and recognition, just plain insulting,” added San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, founding member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance – formed to eradicate racism. and hockey intolerance.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that the Canucks were the driving force behind the players’ ultimate no-play position.

“NYI-Philly was going to play tonight, a source said, but the Canucks’ position changed the dynamic towards the AP. Van was supposed to play in Vegas, ”Brooks wrote in another tweet.

Meanwhile, NBA players decided Thursday to resume the playoffs after a morning meeting.

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However, games scheduled for Thursday will still be postponed. The Toronto Raptors were scheduled to face the Boston Celtics.

Several NFL teams also called off practices Thursday.

On Wednesday, the NBA, WNBA and MLS canceled games to protest racial injustice.

The NHL has been widely criticized for not canceling games on Wednesday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests.

Former Sportsnet player and current broadcaster Kelly Hrudey said the league was offside in its decision.

“I don’t think we should be here. I think the NHL should postpone games. I really think we should be more supportive of Black Lives Matter, ”he said.

“I prefer to have this conversation with my family. I said this several months ago when I made my video on Black Lives Matter, it means something to me, ”Hrudey said speaking to his Sportsnet panel.

-with files from Ash Kelly and Hana Mae Nassar



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