NHL's Detroit Red Wings denounce use of logo at white nationalist rally

Either way, the National Hockey League and Red Wings seem to be exploring ways to address this small, odd facet of a very disturbing story from this weekend.

The Detroit Red Wings responded Saturday on Twitter to the use of the team's logo on shields at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va.

A slightly modified version of the team's distinctive red-and-white logo is being used at the "Unite the Right" rally by a MI group calling themselves "The Detroit Right Wings". That thing inside the wheel is an SS pattern.

"The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.", the team's account posted Saturday morning.

"The Red Wings believe that hockey is for everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation". They describe themselves as Identitarians, an anti-immigrant vein of white nationalism.

The NHL also denounced the use of the popular logo. "We will take immediate and all necessary steps to [ensure] the use is discontinued as promptly as possible, and will vigorously pursue other remedies, as appropriate". One woman died and 19 were hurt when a auto was driven intentionally into a throng of anti-racism demonstrators.

The state's governor, Terry McAuliffe, declared "a state of emergency to aid state response to violence at Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville".

Vanessa Coleman