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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – In a joint statement, the NHL and NHL Players Association issued a statement just now saying all of today’s and tomorrow’s playoff games, one of which included the Avalanche, will be postponed. The games, including Game 4 between the Avalanche and Dallas Stars, will happen on Sunday, a source told Colorado Hockey Now.

The league has not yet set a time for Game 4 between the Avs and Stars. It will be held at Rogers Place here in Edmonton.

“After much discussion, NHL Players believe that the best course of action would be to take a step back and not play tonight’s and tomorrow’s games as scheduled,” the statement said. “The NHL supports the Players’ decision and will reschedule those four games beginning Saturday and adjust the remainder of the Second Round schedule accordingly. Black and Brown communities continue to face real, painful experiences. The NHL and NHLPA recognize that much work remains to be done before we can play an appropriate role in a discussion centered on diversity, inclusion and social justice.

We understand that the tragedies involving Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others require us to recognize this moment. We pledge to work to use our sport to influence positive change in society.

The NHLPA and NHL are committed to working to foster more inclusive and welcoming environments within our arenas, offices and beyond.”

The NHL and NHLPA faced a lot of criticism Wednesday, including from some of its own players and broadcasters, over playing games that night – one of which included the Avs.

Avs center Nazem Kadri, one of a handful of players as part of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, indicated there was a little bit of discussion among the players about taking a stand and not playing Wednesday, but didn’t say much more and the game was played. Avs coach Jared Bednar said no players came to him expressing a desire to sit out the game. Had they done that, he said, he would have addressed the matter with the team.

More later…

UPDATE: Players from the Avs, Stars, Golden Knights and Canucks stood together this afternoon in a hotel room in Edmonton and pledged solidarity to Black Lives Matter and the Hockey Diversity Alliance. Kadri, who stood in front of the group, along with players such as P.E. Bellemare and Ryan Reaves – two other players of color still in the playoffs – said “in order to make serious change, you have to take action.”

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dp10

Good for them. But as I said somewhere else, this runs the danger of being perceived as a case of “virtue signaling”. I am reminded of when the ’99 Avalanche-Sharks playoff series was interrupted in the wake of the Columbine shooting. But I would argue the motivation then was different.

Jeremy Climer

A joke. I will never watch another NHL game. This is an empty gesture by a bunch of elitist, out of touch virtue signaling assholes. Everyone of these millionaires has the ability to help their communities and has a voice to speak their minds. Fuck ’em all.

Matt Briggle

Um. That is exactly what they are doing. Using their voices and their platform to try and help their communities. They are not mindless robots sent here for your entertainment. They are intelligent educated people who see a problem in society and want to try and help facilitate change for the positive. Good luck on your boycott.

Aaron Hinton

Easy, Matt…

allen lacy

Um, less that half went to a university. Stop with the pandering.

gurnblanston

So in your narrow world only a university graduate can be intelligent and worthy of an opinion? In that case you better post your diploma so we can take you seriously.

gurnblanston

Speaking of empty gestures . . .
Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

joshmishell

Bye, Felicia.

Joel Stefaniak

So, you can’t watch hockey, football, basketball, nascar.. What are you going to do?

allen lacy

This is bullshit. I am sorry the kid was shot, but if he wasn’t fucking around, he’d be safe.

The_Last_Ray_Gun

I love stories like these, because you can count on douchebags like this coming out of the woodwork. Thank you for showing yourself so I never again have to look at a comment you post on this site. You have saved me and others the headache of ever having to read your opinion again. We see you.

radiorethink

Joining the other leagues in postponing play was absolutely the right thing to do. I hope the HDA continues to grow and help make hockey (which I’m sure we can all agree on as the unequivocal greatest game in the solar system) open and welcoming to everyone. They were late to action but they got it right in the end… I hope the same is true for everyone. Go Avs!

david

What will be the mob’s next demand? Will they comply?

Carter Janicki

It seems as though the mob’s demands remain “shut up and dribble”. Doesn’t seem like they will comply.

JUSTIN GIFFIN

People that say they don’t want politics in sports because sports is supposed to be a distraction are missing the exact point of these protests.

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