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St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild postponed one day after fatal shooting

Aug 13, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; General view of NHL logo in the stands during the warmup period between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 13, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; General view of NHL logo in the stands during the warmup period between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Monday’s game between the St. Louis Blues and host Minnesota Wild was postponed due to civil unrest in the Minneapolis area, the NHL announced.

On Sunday, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in suburban Brooklyn Center. The death prompted violent protests on Sunday and into Monday.

“Out of respect for the heartbreaking incident that occurred last night in Brooklyn Center, tonight’s Minnesota Wild game has been postponed,” the Wild said in a statement.

“The decision was made in the best interests of our fans, employees, players and community after discussions with local and state officials, and the National Hockey League. Tonight’s game has been rescheduled for May 12.

“The Minnesota Wild organization extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Daunte Wright.”

An MLB game between the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins was postponed on Monday. The NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves also postponed their game on Monday against the Brooklyn Nets.

The tragedy involving Wright occurred as the trial of former Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin continues in Minneapolis. Chauvin, who is white, is being tried for last May’s death of George Floyd, a Black man.

Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon said the shooting of Wright was “accidental,” and that the female officer meant to use a Taser and not her handgun.

–Field Level Media