Game 3 of the second-round matchup between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers has been postponed.
According to Pierre LeBrun, players have decided they would not play their games tonight. The NHL has not yet released a statement on tonight’s games at the time of writing.
The four teams scheduled to play today were:
- New York Islanders
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Vegas Golden Knights
- Vancouver Canucks
On August 26, the NBA canceled all of its scheduled games after it was clear players would not play. The Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic were the first to decide they would not play.
Three MLB games were canceled on August 26 as well. The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds both decided not to play. As did the Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, and Giants.
Many NFL practices were also canceled today. At least six teams canceled practice scheduled for today. According to ESPN the New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, and Washington Football Team all canceled practice.
If this is a coordinated approach between the league and its players, this is a strong stance from a league that isn’t known for its strong stance on social issues.
Again, at the time of writing, the NHL or the NHLPA for that fact have not released an official statement on tonight’s games in Toronto and Edmonton.
The NHL is typically slow to react (if at all) to social issues. While NHL games were still played yesterday, this reaction from the NHL is still a positive sign that this league might just be ready to take a step forward and use its platform to try and affect change.