News Sport news Not One Play­er Kneels At NHL Games, Two Teams Show ‘Uni­ty Sup­port­ing Equal­i­ty’ Dur­ing Anthem In Dif­fer­ent Way

Not One Play­er Kneels At NHL Games, Two Teams Show ‘Uni­ty Sup­port­ing Equal­i­ty’ Dur­ing Anthem In Dif­fer­ent Way

Buck­ing trends in oth­er pro­fes­sion­al sports, not a sin­gle play­er kneeled dur­ing the play­ing of the nation­al anthem at three dif­fer­ent NHL exhi­bi­tion games played this week.

The New York Islanders and the New York Rangers stand together as the Canadian and American national anthems are played before the start of an exhibition game prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on July 29, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario.
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The Philadel­phia Fly­ers and the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins all stood for the anthem on Tuesday.

“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,” a post from the Pen­guins said. “The teams stood as one across each club’s respec­tive blue lines pri­or to today’s game.”

Dur­ing an exhi­bi­tion game between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers in Toron­to Wednes­day, all play­ers and coach­es stood as the Cana­di­an and Amer­i­cans nation­al anthems played before the game started.

The fol­low­ing day, Dal­las Stars and Nashville Preda­tors play­ers stood dur­ing the nation­al, as well. Instead of tak­ing a knee, play­ers locked arms before the exhi­bi­tion game “as a show of uni­ty sup­port­ing equal­i­ty,” Dal­las News report­ed.

Kneel­ing dur­ing the nation­al anthem began back in 2016, when then-San Fran­cis­co 49er’s quar­ter­back Col­in Kaeper­nick took a knee to protest what he described as sys­temic police bru­tal­i­ty against black Amer­i­cans. Kaepernick’s mes­sag­ing has since includ­ed pro-com­mu­nist sig­nal­ing and gen­er­al anti-Amer­i­can sentiment.

“You’ve seen all the oth­er teams do it,” said Stars cap­tain Jamie Benn, refer­ring to play­ers link­ing arms. “We had some chats with Nashville and talked with [cap­tain] Roman Josi. We thought it would be good to mix it up, link arms. We stand for equal­i­ty and I think it’s impor­tant we keep talk­ing about it and keep improv­ing it.”

Accord­ing to Dal­las News, “Benn and Stars for­ward Ty Del­lan­drea also wore hood­ies to their postgame inter­view that read ‘#WeSkate­For Equal­i­ty,’ part of the league’s ini­tia­tive that allows teams to choose a cause that they skate for. Play­ers can indi­vid­u­al­ly choose a cause for the league’s #ISkate­For campaign.”

As part of the #ISkate­For cam­paign, report­ed Matthew DeFranks, play­ers can choose from slo­gans that range from hon­or­ing front­line essen­tial work­ers to pro­mot­ing social justice.

Source: Dai​ly​Wire​.com