The NHL went dark on Thursday, and will remain so on Friday. The players elected to stop the quest for the Stanley Cup to stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in the NBA, WNBA, MLB and MLS against social injustice. Among those at the forefront of the decision was Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. Chara was one of four Eastern Conference representatives who spoke on Thursday about the decision.
“It’s just the fact that you are having these open conversations,” said Chara. “You are battling on the ice for moving on in the round and competing for the Stanley Cup. But off the ice, we all recognize we are in the same boat and we are, obviously, united and we support the stand that other major leagues did. Obviously, we thought it was the right thing for us to do to take a stand and I think it’s just a conversation. You can see that from years back, this could be very challenging to accomplish something like this.”
Zdeno Chara released a statement back in June supporting the fight against injustice. That came after he joined a Black Lives Matter protest in Boston. Chara also believes that, with their platform and social media, the NHL and other leagues can get the message out quicker and better than ever before.
“These days, we have this platform and with this platform and technology, communications are much faster, and you can get the message out there much quicker,” he continued.
Shortly after the press conference, the Boston Bruins released a statement of their own on Twitter.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) August 27, 2020