We did not expect to see players in the National Hockey League kneeling for the national anthem, but it may not be long before we see just that.
In a recent interview with Paul Gackle of the Mercury News, San Jose Sharks veteran Joel Ward revealed that he has been the victim of racism in hockey, and in fact says he experiences racism on a day to day basis. He also said that he would not close the door on possibly kneeling for the national anthem.
“I’ve experienced a lot of racism myself in hockey and on a day-to-day occurrence," said Ward as per the Mercury News. "I haven’t really sat down to think about it too much yet, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to it.”
While the discussion of the national anthem protest has already reached the NHL, this would mark the first time that a player would be actively participating i nthe protest on NHL ice.
So how likely are we to actually see a kneeling Joel Ward?
“It’s definitely something I wouldn’t cross out,” Ward said.