The Stanley Cup playoffs have been postponed as players protest against racial injustice in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Teams and players in North America protested widely on Wednesday, with NBA, MLB and MLS games postponed, while the Western & Southern Open was also paused.
Multiple NFL teams cancelled practice on Thursday as protests continue after police shot Blake in the back in Wisconsin.
The NHL finally responded on Thursday as four playoff games were postponed.
"After much discussion, NHL Players believe that the best course of action would be to take a step back and not play tonight's and tomorrow's games as scheduled," a statement read.
"The NHL supports the players' decision and will reschedule those four games beginning Saturday and adjust the remainder of the second-round schedule accordingly.
"Black and brown communities continue to face real, painful experiences. The NHL and NHLPA recognise that much work remains to be done before we can play an appropriate role in a discussion centred on diversity, inclusion and social justice.
"We understand that the tragedies involving Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others require us to recognise this moment. We pledge to work to use our sport to influence positive change in society.
"The NHLPA and NHL are committed to working to foster more inclusive and welcoming environments within our arenas, offices and beyond."
The Philadelphia Flyers-New York Islanders, Vegas Golden Knights-Vancouver Canucks, Colorado Avalanche-Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning-Boston Bruins were the games postponed.