BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets sent a message of unity Thursday night, linking arms and forming a circle during the American and Canadian national anthems ahead of their exhibition game in Toronto.

It was quite the visual considering the two teams engaged in a heated postseason battle just 15 months ago. But their message was simple: There is no place in the world for racism.

In a statement earlier this week, the Bruins indicated that they would lock arms during the anthems to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

“As a team we have decided to lock arms during the playing of the United States and Canadian Anthems as a sign of solidarity with the Black community,” the statement read. “This action is solely intended to be a positive sign of support for the Black community, and a way for us to use our platform to help end racism.”

Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand expanded on the team’s intentions ahead of Thursday night’s game.

“It’s to show unity and show support and basically we want to continue the conversation,” Bergeron said. “Ultimately, we’re against any form of racism whether it’s in hockey or life.”

“We need to be a part of the solution, and that’s what we’re going to do,” said Marchand. “We’re all on the same page. We don’t stand for racism.”

Though the moment was a very serious and powerful one, it did provide a somewhat amusing visual — or a moment of unintentional comedy if you will — with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara (who is 6-foot-9 and stands over seven feet with skates on) standing next to Blue Jackets forward Nathan Gerbe, who is 5-foot-4. With Cam Atkinson (5-foot-8) on Chara’s right and Gerbe on his left, it looked a bit uneven in the circle of players.

(Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

The jokesters on Twitter had some fun with the visual.

With the NHL set to resume action this weekend, the NBA tipped off its restarted season Thursday night. Ahead of both NBA contests Thursday evening, all players and coaches linked arms and took a knee during the national anthem.

Comments (5)
  1. Billy says:

    The small ones need to be really fast…..really, really fast…

  2. Katherine Montambault says:

    I’m so proud of you guys keep up the great work you PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

  3. Rebecca says:

    I am all for showing unity and supporting the black community, but please before stepping up and saying you are supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement, do a little research. The Movement itself is not something that anyone should support. Also, just my personal opinion, but before you do anything in support of the black community ASK them what they need, dont just assume because that’s what you’ve been told my some news media.

  4. Stephen AJ James says:

    I’m sure the Black players on both teams felt comfort with this pledge against racism. Oh, wait…

  5. Dave says:

    BLM is the most racist movement on the planet this century.Supporting it is as anti American as it gets.

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