The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the NHLPA in regard to his right to do so.” The statement comes amidst a North America-wide conversation that has intertwined sports and politics following U.S. President Donald Trump’s vicious comments directed at the entire National Football League. He even called for players to lose their jobs for not standing at attention during The Star-Spangled Banner, and directed words at NBA star Steph Curry.