The NHL kick-started their season on Thursday night much differently than the MLB or the NBA in one key respect: There was no kneeling.
When players from the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators took to the ice, they gathered at the center of the rink and joined arm-in-arm to support equality.
They all stood for the American flag and the National Anthem.
“We stand together for equality,” the teams declared.
— x-Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 30, 2020
The individual teams also mixed their members, alternating the lines of people in a display of unity, the Daily Caller reports.
Stars captain Jamie Benn spoke with Dallas News after the game and said he had reached out to Predators captain Roman Josi to coordinate the effort.
“You’ve seen all the other teams do it,” Benn said. “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.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Fliers similarly stood for pre-game playing of the anthem.
“The New York Rangers and the New York Islanders teams also both stood during Wednesday night’s exhibition game,” the Daily Caller reports.
I just became a hockey fan.
— Alexis Haridopolos (@AHaridopolos) July 31, 2020