The Capitals joined several other teams in showing their solidarity against racism by standing shoulder to shoulder with the Carolina Hurricanes prior to Wednesday's exhibition game.
The issues of racism still facing the United States were brought to the forefront in the wake of the murder of George Floyd on May 25 in police custody. With the season on pause, Wednesday's game was the first opportunity for the NHL to use the spotlight of a game broadcast to show any type of support towards ending racism.
Capitals coach Todd Reirden was asked during the team's pregame availability if the players had any specific plans. Though he had not yet met with the team to discuss any actions they wished to take prior to the game, he did cite the organization's commitment to the community.
"This type of a situation, I can't speak highly enough of the work that they've done in the community," Reirden said. "And, whether it's dealing with the pandemic, injustices, different issues that have gone on over the last four months, our team has really used their platform as professional athletes to stand up for things they believe in. I expect today to be nothing different."
The Caps tweeted out a statement prior to the game promising more action from the team in order to "normalize inclusivity and equality."
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