Players for the Flyers and Penguins stand together in solidarity before their exhibition game. (Image source: NBC Sports video screenshot)
Players from the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars, and Nashville Predators all stood to honor the playing of the national anthem in recent games.
Not one single player kneeled.
On Tuesday, players for the Flyers and Penguins stood together in solidarity before their exhibition opener in Toronto.
The respective teams stood together on the blue lines to show solidarity — and the Penguins made sure the message was clear.
In a tweet, the beloved Pittsburgh team wrote, “The Penguins and Flyers, two of the fiercest rivals in sports, united in solidarity this afternoon, to stand up against social injustice, racism, and hate. “The tweet has been liked 8,000 times at the time of this reporting.
According to NBC Sports, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said, “A lot has happened since we played our last game. And we felt, both teams, that it was important to show unity given what’s gone on and just wanted to be part of the solution moving forward.”