Players might kneel in the NHL

Players might kneel in the NHL

The Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds and San Jose Sharks' Joel Ward are both considering kneeling during the national anthem when their teams meet Wednesday in the NHL season opener for both clubs, as reported by Sam Carchidi at


Talking about the possibility of taking a knee, Ward, who wears No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, said, "I've experienced a lot of racism myself in hockey and on a day-to-day occurrence," as reported by Paul Gackle at "I haven’t really sat down to think about it too much yet, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to it.”


Simmonds said, “Everybody is relating to politics, but for the people who are doing the kneeling and protesting peacefully, I think it has nothing to do with how (other) people are taking it,” he said. “Some people are saying it’s a disrespect to the flag, a disrespect to the Army. That’s not the thought process behind it; it’s just the vehicle that’s being used to create a conversation about social inequality.”


Ward and Simmons have each dealt with racism in their careers. Ward was subjected to racial attacks on Twitter when he scored a series-winning goal against Boston while playing for Washington in 2012 and a fan threw a banana at Simmonds while he was playing an exhibition in 2011.