The NHL players of the eight remaining teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs came together and chose not to play any games on Thursday or Friday. The purpose of postponing those contests was to use the two days to learn more about the racial injustice in today's society and find ways to help end systematic racism.
The players decided that hockey needed to be put on hold in order to make a statement and protest the racial injustice that continues to be evident in light of the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It was a conclusion that the league supported.
"We postponed two days of NHL playoff hockey, I think that's a big deal," said Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon. "Making our statement, being unified, you saw the press conference with everyone here together. I think the same message, I think if you ask any player, they would relay the same message to everybody."