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P.K. Subban, Predators wont protest during national anthem

P.K. Subban, Predators wont protest during national anthem
Published On: Thu, Sep 28
Feb 16, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner (40) stands for the National Anthems prior to the start of game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

As pregame protests swell in other professional sports, the Predators will continue to stand during the national anthem, coach Peter Laviolette said.

We met as a group (Tuesday), and our decision is were going to stand for the national anthem out of respect for the anthem, for our country, for the people who serve for our country," said Laviolette, a Massachusetts native. "Thats what we talked about, and thats where were at.

"I also understand that theres a freedom of speech. We totally respect that. Everybody has a different opinion. For us internally, if theres anything that we can do to send positive messages throughout the country in any way, that would be a good thing.

Asked how he would proceed if a player approached him about protesting, Laviolette declined to elaborate.

As the boundary dividing sports and politics rapidly blurs, it seems unlikely that the NHL will replicate the protests that NFL and NBA teams have undertaken to oppose racial inequality.

The league is predominantly non-American. Of the 983 players who appeared in a game last season, 267 were from the United States, according to the biographical information on the league's website.

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