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NHL calls off Thursday, Friday playoff games

NEW YORK (CNN) - The NHL postponed Thursday and Friday's playoff games amid ongoing player strikes in several sports that began Wednesday in protest of police brutality and discrimination against Black people, per a league announcement on Thursday afternoon.

The NBA's Milwaukee Bucks began what became a multisport protest Wednesday by refusing to take the court for their game against the Orlando Magic. The NBA postponed the two other games scheduled for Wednesday and three others slated for Thursday. The WNBA, MLS, tennis and certain MLB teams followed suit Wednesday and Thursday.

The NHL played its games as scheduled Wednesday but took some criticism for not sitting out in solidarity. San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane released a statement on behalf of the Hockey Diversity Alliance calling on the NHL to postpone Thursday's games.

"We strongly feel this sends a clear message that human rights take priority over sports," Kane tweeted.

The Hockey Diversity Alliance was founded in June amid a push for diversity in the sport, which is mostly white and has had several issues with discrimination against Black players. Kane co-heads the Alliance with former NHL player Akim Aliu.

Rick Westhead of TSN reported the Alliance has made several other requests of the NHL, including the use of arenas for polling stations for November's election and the commitment of $100 million over 10 years to fight systemic racism. The NHL is yet to make any of those commitments.

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