which is also being played in a bubble, unlike MLB and soon … and got some shoulder support from two Blackhawks and Oilers players. At any rate, it was interesting to see … Great tilt. Justin Williams and Ryan Strome drop the gloves. 8/1/2020 1:25 PM PT
The new NHL season during the pandemic has begun — and we’re already seeing some changes, as well as some traditions of combat … and the latter ain’t a good look. Sorta speaks for itself, really. Saturday marked the beginning of the 2020 season, which is being played in only two Canadian hub cities — Toronto and Edmonton. Justin Williams and Ryan Strome — of the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers respectively — went at it during their match, coming to blows, until referees eventually broke it up. No distancing either … even in the pandemic, old habits die hard in some sports. Doesn’t look like too many, if any, other players knelt in solidarity. On the flip side, they’re all technically quarantined — so perhaps no harm no foul? Neither guy was wearing a mask — and no, we’re not talking hockey masks or helmets. #NYR pic.twitter.com/vHqolDpxX6— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) August 1, 2020
Anyway, two things of note went down to kick things off — first off, we got our first glimpse of a classic hockey fistfight on the ice … Matt Dumba gives a speech and takes a knee during the US National Anthem before the games begin in the Edmonton Hub pic.twitter.com/1DvKAl2Q8Y— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) August 1, 2020
Second, we saw the first showing of kneeling for Black Lives Matter — but the gesture didn’t go down en masse. something that’s actually allowed in the sport. It was just Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild, who gave a speech before the National Anthem was played … the NFL as well. Hockey is following in the footsteps of the NBA … so yeah, they were puffing particles right at each other, which ain’t safe.