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

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

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.

Evander Kane, a forward for the San Jose Sharks and a founder of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, spoke with Canadian media outlet 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.”

“It’s not just my responsibility as a minority player in the NHL to be talking about these issues… We need to be better.”@evanderkane_9 joined @DavidAmber to discuss how the NHL can do more to support the Black Lives Matter movement. pic.twitter.com/wKFqxS0hav

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 26, 2020

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

Actually it’s incredibly insulting as a black man in hockey the lack of action and acknowledgement from the @nhl, just straight up insulting. https://t.co/1KrpUvFhaQ

— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) August 27, 2020

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.

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.

We the @TheOfficialHDA have formally requested the @NHL to suspend all playoff games today. We strongly feel this sends a clear message that human rights take priority over sports.

— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) August 27, 2020

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.

We the @TheOfficialHDA have formally requested the @NHL to suspend all playoffs games today. We strongly feel this sends a clear message to that human rights take priority over sports. We should not stay silent towards systemic racism and any racial inequalities in our society.

— Anthony Duclair (@aduclair10) August 27, 2020

What’s more important, shining a light on social justice, police reform and inequalities of the black and brown community or playing hockey games that generate revenue for a billion dollar industry? This decision should be an easy one….come on now y’all! It’s time to wake up!!!

— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) August 27, 2020

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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