New York Rangers release statement in support of cancellations

The New York Rangers responded almost immediately upon learning the NHL and the players have opted to cancel games tonight and tomorrow.

New York Rangers statement

“We support the decision to postpone the games and join with athletes and organizations across sports to condemn all forms of racial injustice.”

The NHL and NHLPA also released a joint statement

New York Rangers news
NHLPA (NHL.com)

After much discussion, NHL Players believe that the best course of action would be to take a step back and not play tonight’s and tomorrow’s games as scheduled. The NHL supports the Players’ decision and will reschedule those four games beginning Saturday and adjust the remainder of the Second Round schedule accordingly.

Black and Brown communities continue to face real, painful experiences. The NHL and NHLPA recognize that much work remains to be done before we can play an appropriate role in a discussion centered on diversity, inclusion and social justice.

We understand that the tragedies involving Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others require us to recognize this moment. We pledge to work to use our sport to influence positive change in society.

The NHLPA and NHL are committed to working to foster more inclusive and welcoming environments within our arenas, offices and beyond.