As individual players continue to publicly opt out of wearing an LGBT “Pride”-themed warm-up jersey for religious reasons, behind the scenes, multiple teams have also decided that ditching the controversial theme altogether was a smarter move, either because of player refusals or to avoid a public relations black eye.
The Blaze The Minnesota Wild were the latest team to scrap “Pride” celebrations by way of rainbow-themed warm-up jerseys, a move that prompted Yahoo News to ask “whether the league’s ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ initiative is anything more than empty words.” This was despite the fact that the “Pride Night” was still recognized by the organization.
In February 2023, the New York Islanders continued their policy of not wearing the jerseys, stating so in advance. The team’s captain, Anders Lee, even gave public statements on behalf of the organization. “For us here in this room, we take care of what we can here and obviously very supportive of the LGBTQ+ community and do what we can to include them in our game,” Lee told the New York Post..
Unlike the Rangers, who last month pulled their plans to wear their rainbow gear without explanation, the Islanders have never worn rainbow jerseys due to an organization policy against wearing specialized warm-ups. The only ones they wear are produced by the league: Hockey Fights Cancer, Military and Saint Patrick’s Day.
The Islanders also won’t be using the rainbow tape, which is commonly used during Pride nights throughout the league, during their pregame warm-ups Thursday.
ESPN The Chicago Blackhawks will not wear Pride-themed warmup jerseys before Sunday’s Pride Night game against the visiting Vancouver Canucks because of security concerns involving a Russian law that expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBTQIA+ rights in the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law in December that significantly expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBT rights in the country. Chicago defenseman Nikita Zaitsev is a Moscow native, and there are other players with family in Russia or other connections to the country.
The decision by the Blackhawks comes after San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov refused to take part in warmups with Pride-themed jerseys.
The New York Rangers had a “Pride Night” in late January 2023, complete with a ceremony that stood the American flag with the pride and transgender flags. However, the lack of bright-colored jerseys still caused an uproar, with one reporter from the Athletic saying the Rangers were catering to “what was likely a small minority.”
The New York Rangers opted not to wear Pride jerseys or use Pride stick tape as part of their Pride Night in January despite previously advertising that plan.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov did not participate in warmups before the team’s home game against the Ducks on Tuesday night because he refused to wear a Pride Night jersey and use sticks wrapped in rainbow Pride tape. Provorov, who said he is Russian Orthodox, cited his religious beliefs as why he chose not to partake in the warm-ups.
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Richard S says
Woke bank ScotiaBank is foaming at the mouth on this one
Richard S says
It is not the business of the NHL or any professional sport league to tell us how we should think! Especially on controversial issues!
Rob R says
This pride flag thing is a gimmick gone way too far and I find it hard to state why in a brief way that doesn’t end up rambling. What’s is basically about is a gimmick that someone wants to drag out forever.
At one time, showing this flag in sports might have been fresh and new and the players were okay with it. But if you outstay your welcome you can annoy absolutely anybody in any part of life. Whoever you are.
The thing is you said they cite “religious reasons” as objection but at the same time, if every player was asked to wear a Christian symbol they would object to that too wouldn’t they? You can annoy anybody by trying to drape everybody with the same flag.
The urban “liberal” LGBT rights weirdos never bothered to ask me if they actually wanted me to represent me in this way, they just keep up with their gimmicks and so do the politically minded goons who run sports.
That is a point well made. No reasonable person of any intelligence is going to require anyone to wear a Christian symbol. It is not unreasonable however to anticipate that certain values be respected, not to steal from your team mates, don’t murder any of you team mates, don’t lie about any of your team mates, be respectful of yours and the mothers and fathers of your team mates, and to demonstrate other virtues and values of moral conduct we are obligated by duty to perform of which one is to love God.
There is an ancient saying, “As face answers to face, so does the heart of man to man.”
Christians will understand what I am saying while I believe a significant number of others may take exception.
Such as that may be, the message of the rainbow has been subjugated to more fleshly purposes of which many persons disagree with.
At one time I would have only warned against taking in young Muslim males. Now, I guess I have to include females as well.
If they so anxious to host refugees, let them take in Ukrainians
World Athletics Council have excluded trans women from female events.
Classy Infidel says
These groups have infiltrated all levels of our society and our governments. The word “racism” is their weapon of choice. Now, they are screwing up our children. Just say NO to that flag, their colors, and we turn our backs to them. I refuse to deal with anyone that advertises these colors. And, by the way, I used to be on their side. No more.
The trannie agenda is what has ruined everything. Most gays don’t like being associated with them. But it will get worse now that they are pushing paedophilia acceptance. 😡
Classy Infidel says
I agree. There is also the female sports world that is falling apart and the military that is urgently in need of new recruits that are not showing up. The trans took too much and they will end up losing almost all and it is well deserved.
I think women athletes worldwide must boycott any competition that allows trans women to compete. That’s the only way to end the unfairness of it all.
Way to go hockey teams! Football flat out sucks and so does basketball!! they back these “things”, Up!!
Richard S says
MLB is just as guilty
This entire LGBTQ movement, which like the global environmental or Black Lives Matter movement is widely undermined by the international left striving for abolition of democratic system, is trying to display their matter as the new normal. For them the vast majority of hetero sexuals are lepers.
It is just sickening!
Ramez Fekry says
LGBTQ+ freaks will be the first to have their heads chopped off when the Moslem population reaches critical mass within a decade all across the West, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia!
A decade??? that is not very long at all. fromvocabulary.com
“ A decade is a period of ten years. Decade contains dec, which is used in words that have to do with tens.”