Connor McDavid and Zach Hyman Speak Out on The NHL's Pride Night

Published March 28, 2023 at 11:16

Amidst the recent developments surrounding Eric and Marc Staal of the Florida Panthers who declined to wear the team's Pride-themed jerseys during warmups and the cancellation of the Chicago Blackhawks' Pride Night, some of the top players of the Edmonton Oilers have expressed their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Leading the Oilers in points for the month of March, Connor McDavid and Zach Hyman have stepped up and voiced their opinions on the importance of inclusivity and acceptance in hockey. According to Daniel-Nugent Bowman, a prominent writer at The Athletic and media representative for the Oilers, the team's stars have taken a stance in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

«I feel very strongly that hockey needs to be inclusive — and include everybody,» McDavid said.

«Hockey really is for everyone,» Hyman said. «I've got a bunch of gay friends. My best friend's brother is gay. It's just normal. It's important to celebrate it and celebrate the entire community. Taping a stick is the least we can do.

«But it can show you support the entire community. More importantly, you just want to do everything you can to make everybody who doesn't feel included in society feel included. This community has not always felt included in aspects of sport and life. For us as hockey players, it's important to show that it doesn't matter what your gender is, what your ethnicity is, what your race is or what your sexual orientation is. You're welcome in the hockey world.

«A good gesture like that can show that we care.»

'Taping our sticks is the least we can do' - Zach Hyman

March 28   |   9 answers
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