During this past season, Derek Stepan explained why he doesn't move from the blue line until the American flag has completely left the ice.
Stepan explained, on MSG, "I have done a couple of US things and talked to some Army guys who talked about respecting the flag and talked about respecting their flag and I saw how they treated their flag and that is one thing that they told us, to make sure that we stand until the flag is gone and it's a simple thing but try to respect the flag." (MSG)
Dan Girardi does this as well and said, "when I was in Guelph our coach wanted us to stand the whole time. I don't know when I started it, but it's something I always do now. And I know I'm not American but I respect what the flag means and the people who fight for this country. It's just a respect thing you have."(Daily News)