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Report: NHL postpones games after Sharks' Kane makes plea

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On Wednesday, Evander Kane called the NHL's response to the shooting by police of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, in Kenosha, Wis. "insulting."

After seeing three NBA playoff games, three WNBA games, three WNBA games, three MLB games and four MLS matches postponed Wednesday, the NHL proceeded as scheduled with their full slate of games for the day.

On Thursday morning, Kane, on behalf of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, pushed for the league to suspend all playoff action today on Twitter.

Shortly after Kane and the HDA's request, the NHL has canceled Thursday's playoff games, ESPN's Emily Kaplan reported, citing sources.

SportsNet's Chris Johnston reported that Friday's games could be canceled too.

Kane joined TSN's "Hockey Central" before Wednesday night's games, and commended the NBA players for electing to boycott the league's three playoff games for the day, beginning with the Milwaukee Bucks-Orlando Magic matchup.

"It's not just my responsibility as a minority player in the NHL to be talking about these issues," Kane told Amber. "It's not just Wayne Simmonds, or Akim Aliu, or Joel Ward, or Matt Dumba's stance, or issues in this society. It's everybody's. And until everybody decides to take it upon themselves and maybe step away from some of their privileges to educate themselves and really fight with us, we're gonna be in the same situation we are today."

The league held a "moment of reflection" before Game 3 of the second-round series between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, but no games were impacted.

 
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Kane has questioned the NHL's response to social issues involving the Black community before, as he discussed the NHL's "Hockey is for Everyone" movement last month while joining the "Soul on Ice" podcast.

"I think hockey can be for everybody, I don't think it currently is for everybody," Kane told Thomas, Roberts and co-host Kwame Damon Mason. "I think there's hundreds and thousands of examples of why that's not true. The biggest issue I had, from an NHL player's standpoint, was the NHL placing their Hockey is for Everybody month in the month of February. The month of February has always been a month to celebrate Black History.

"To me, I thought it was a bit of a slap in the face, I thought it was poor judgment, and I thought out of the six months during the season, how could you not find another month to have that campaign."

With Thursday's reported playoff postponements, it appears this could be a step in the right direction for the NHL listening to Kane's message.