BREAKING: Another Team Cancels Pride Jerseys

April 3, 2023  (5:42 PM)

Over the past few weeks, numerous NHL players have shared their thoughts on the league's LGBTQIA+ promotion program.

Following Ivan Provorov, James Reimer, the Staal brothers, and others who declined to wear a special jersey in support of the LGBTQIA+ community, another team has just announced their decision not to sport the pride jersey.

St. Louis Blues Opt Out of Wearing Pride Jerseys


James Rutherford of The Athletic reported the news:
The Blues players will not don the Pride jerseys during warmups before their Pride night game against the Flyers on Tuesday, according to a team source who spoke with The Athletic on Monday. Here's what you need to know:

Although the Blues revealed their plans for Pride night, including a range of promotions, they conspicuously left out whether the team would wear Pride jerseys during pregame warmups. The team did mention that Pride-themed warmup pucks and rainbow stick tape would be available for players.

The source explained that the decision to forgo the warmup jerseys aimed to concentrate on the positive actions the team is taking to support and uplift the LGBTQIA+ community.

The St. Louis Blues previously wore Pride jerseys during warmups on April 6, 2022.

Jeremy Rutherford

While the Blues will indeed forego the pride jerseys, they still plan to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in their own unique way.
Chris Zimmerman, Blues' CEO and head of business operations, stated:
"We believe in fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment that encourages all fans to participate in our wonderful sport.»

«Through our Pride Night, in collaboration with Pride STL and the You Can Play Project, we aim to recognize our friends in the LGBTQIA+ community and promote inclusivity as part of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative,» he continued. «As an organization, we are dedicated to embracing and welcoming all individuals as valued members of the Blues family — regardless of their identity or whom they love.»

What are your thoughts? Do you appreciate teams taking the initiative to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in their own distinct ways?