Apparently, the Avalanche have a Lebanese center named Nazem Kadri who enjoys soaking up the attention from his non-white identity. He collided with a St Louis player on ice, ruling that player out with injury for the rest of the year. Allegedly, some people said some naughty words to him online, so he is now traveling with "increased police presence" for his "safety."
I don't have much allegiance to any playoff team and an embarrassingly-low awareness of current NHL stars. However, I'll root against Colorado going forward. Any other prominent non-whites still playing that I should brace my rooting interests against?
This is what perpetually kept the Canadiens as cup contenders as they had the French Canadian player pool largely to their selves. I think once the league ventured out of traditional hockey markets the common draft was adopted. It's only fairly recently that a Matthews type have been developed in non traditional hockey markets. The NHL would have died in non traditional markets if the sun belt teams had to rely on the original 6's leftovers.Don I hope the Penguins rebuild is not as painful and long as the Red Wings has been.
I was hoping the Leafs would have made a run, Toronto may be the Capitol of hockey in the west, Damn shame they have sucked for so long.
Like everything else in this opposite world we live in, Florida and Carolina have good hockey teams, Canada not so much. They should require players to play for the team nearest where they learned the sport!
Not sure that's the case here. Kadri is definitely a hard-hitting, borderline dirty player, but the attention on his background was foisted on him by the media, especially (and predictably) by ESPN, which inexplicably given how much the network has always downplayed hockey now has the main TV deal with the NHL. I watched the post-game ESPN crew of four (three Whites and Anson Carter) egg on Kadri to talk about the alleged "race-based" threats being made against him. It was obvious it wasn't something he wanted to talk about. If it holds true to form it's nothing more than a few anonymous Twitter threats, possibly by some POCs or leftists as they love to perpetrate race hoaxes and then watch the fake news media hysterically jumping to conclusions. Kadri is being booed by the St. Louis fans, just as the Colorado fans are booing David Perron because of his involvement in a few on-ice incidents in the series.
There's a sprinkling of Black (often half-Black), Middle Eastern (like half-Iranian Mika Zibanejad of the Rangers) and other exotic types in the league, but few if any other than perhaps Evander Kane are the hyper-sensitive, race baiting type. Most of the Black players are in fact well-spoken.
The Avalanche look like they're about to knock off the Blues in five games, leading to a probable conference final against Edmonton, who are up 3-1 in games over Calgary. Nathan MacKinnon vs. Connor McDavid, should be a great series though it feels like we're moving inexorably toward a Stanley Cup final of Colorado against Tampa. The two-time defending champs trying to make it three in a row for the first times since the Islanders of the early 1980s vs. what has looked all season like the best team in the league.