Ahead of the Washington Capitals’ final preseason home game on Wednesday night, Coach Barry Trotz said he has not had a conversation with his team regarding any potential demonstrations around the national anthem. Over the weekend, more than 200 NFL players participated in various methods of protest during the anthem, both in response to the issue of racial injustice in the country as well as to rebuke fiery comments directed at the league by President Trump. Oakland’s Bruce Maxwell recently became MLB’s first player to kneel during the anthem. In the NHL, a league where 93 percent of the players identify as white and the vast majority of players aren’t American, no players have chosen to protest during the anthem yet. San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward, a former Capitals player, recently told the San Jose Mercury News he wouldn’t rule out kneeling during the anthem at an NHL game. Sharks Coach Pete DeBoer told the Mercury News that he’s “a big freedom of speech guy,” so he wouldn’t be opposed to Ward taking a knee. Trotz seemed to echo that sentiment when it came to potential demonstrations by his team. “That’s the great thing about our country,” Trotz said. “We get to speak our piece, if you will, without sometimes ramifications. In other countries, there’s dire consequences if you speak up. That’s the gift of living in the United States and people can express it, and I’ll support anybody for that. But I do think that, me personally, we’re honoring the flag. We’re maybe not honoring some of the things that are going on in our country.”