The NHL’s players shut down the league on Thursday and Friday as boycotts took over the sports world following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wis.
Playing a key role in the NHL’s action were members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, who on Thursday afternoon “formally requested that Commissioner [sic] Bettman and the NHL suspend all playoff games today to allow players and fans to reflect on what happened and to send a message that human rights must take priority over sport.”
Created last June by current and former NHL players who are BIPOC, the HDA was formed to eradicate systemic racism and intolerance in hockey. On July 14, the alliance sent the NHL a pledge for it to sign and a list of actionable items.
The NHL has not yet signed the pledge. On Saturday, the HDA released an eight-point plan highlighting what it asked of the league, including:
These actions can also be found in the following Twitter thread from the HDA:
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