WATCH: NHL’s Rangers, Islanders Stand Together for National Anthem

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The New York Rangers and Islanders stood for the national anthem during Wednesday’s exhibition game ahead of the final portion of the NHL’s 2020 season.

Presidential scion Eric Trump took to Twitter to thank the teams for standing during the anthem:

Ahead of the game, Islanders captain Anders Lee noted that the two teams conferred on what they should do for the national anthem.

“I’m sure we’ll be in touch with the Rangers and try to figure something out here, probably something similar,” Lee said on a Zoom call on Tuesday. “I think it’s awesome to see. It’s a great reason to come together as rivals and teams and show really the true importance of coming together and standing up for justice and what is right.”

As their social justice statement, the teams decided to intermix on the ice during the anthem instead of standing in lines as opposing teams.

The Islanders ended up winning the game 2-1.


  1. Blanca Holland

    August 1, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Awesome thanks for these men who believe in the American dream of a United States a republic for which it stands one nation under GOD indivisible with liberty and justice for a Hispanic I am proud of these teams.

  2. kathleen thompson

    August 1, 2020 at 10:26 am

    So good to see real men who are not afraid to stand for our National Anthem and, even better, to stand together. We are one country and we are Americans. No other nationality needs to be put in front of that word. God bless this wonderful country.

  3. eugene curty

    August 1, 2020 at 10:55 am

    … Hockey could now my game….Thanks Rangers and Islanders…. Let’s see the rest of the league follow suit and my new American (National) pastime WILL be hockey… Bye bye NFL,AL,NL,NBL, etc… Let’s ‘stand up’ America and show them our support…

  4. Patricia Outlaw

    August 1, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    That made me cry with tears of joy that there are still people who are not afraid of showing love for this WONDERFUL country. A country by the way that allows you to burn the flag or demonstrate. What is going on in this country right now would absolutely be met with death in other countries. Thank you NHL. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. One of the best times I have ever had was my first NHL game in person in MA. Now I cherish that even more. God bless you all.

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