The National Hockey League (NHL), joining the other leading North American professional sports leagues, will not play its tournament – the Stanley Cup – on Thursday and Friday.
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Two games were scheduled for the Stanley Cup on Thursday: New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks vs. Vegas Golden Knights. There are also two matches scheduled for Friday – Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars against Colorado Avalanche.
The Stanley Cup is scheduled to resume in Toronto and Edmonton on Saturday.
It has already been reported that the National Basketball Association (NBA) postponed indefinitely three playoff games, including one in which the Dallas Mavericks, represented by Kristaps Porziņģis, had to take part. The NBA expects the playoffs to continue on Friday or Saturday.
The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly boycotted the playoff tournament against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. The decision was prompted by solidarity with Jacob Blake, an African-American who was shot dead by police in the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, who is likely to be paralyzed for the rest of his life.
The NBA has announced that three games scheduled for Wednesday night will be postponed.
Also on Thursday, protests continued in several leading North American professional sports leagues. On Thursday (night to Friday, Latvian time), there will be no matches in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), some games will not be played in the American Baseball League (MLB), some American Football League (NFL) units will not play, and five of the six duels in the U.S. Football League (MLS).
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