Bruins plan to support Black community during national anthems

Scott McLaughlin
July 28, 2020 - 3:48 pm

Several Bruins were outspoken a couple months ago in the wake of George Floyd's murder and the protests around the country that followed.

Patrice Bergeron donated to the NAACP and said, "Silence is not an option for me anymore." Zdeno Chara walked in a protest in Brookline and said, "I will continue to stand - and walk - with you."

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We hadn't heard a whole lot since, but on Tuesday the Bruins players collectively announced their plan to support the Black community when the American and Canadian national anthems are played before their upcoming exhibition, round-robin and playoff games.

"Over the past several months we have been trying to educate ourselves and learn more about racial injustice in our country and around the world," the statement says. "As a team we have decided to lock arms during the playing of the United States and Canadian Anthems as a sign of solidarity with the Black community.

"This action is solely intended to be a positive sign of support for the Black community, and a way for us to use our platform to help end racism."

The Bruins face the Columbus Blue Jackets in an exhibition game Thursday night before opening their round-robin tournament against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon.

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