NHL Team Officially Cancels Pride Night Jerseys

Published April 3, 2023 at 4:33 PM

The St. Louis Blues have opted out of wearing Pride themed jerseys during the NHL's upcoming LGBTQ+ celebrations for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers, as per insider Jeremy Rutherford from The Athletic. This choice goes against their previous announcement of taking part in the event.

Blues players will not wear Pride jerseys during warmups before the team's Pride night game against the Flyers on Tuesday, a team source told The Athletic on Monday. Here's what you need to know:

The Blues announced their plans for Pride night, which included a list of promotions, but notably omitted whether the team will be wearing Pride jerseys during the pregame warmups. The team said there will be Pride-themed warmup pucks and rainbow stick tape available for players.

The source said the decision not to wear the warmup jerseys was made to put the focus on the positive things the team is doing to support and affirm the LGBTQIA+ community.

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

- Jeremy Rutherford

Chris Zimmerman, the Blues' CEO of business operations and president, affirmed their dedication to creating a hospitable and all-embracing environment where all fans can actively participate in and relish the sport.

The Blues' CEO of business operations and president, Chris Zimmerman, confirmed their commitment to establishing a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where all fans can engage in and enjoy the sport.

«With our Pride Night, alongside our partners from Pride STL and You Can Play Project, we are recognizing our friends in the LGBTQIA+ community and advocating for inclusivity in support of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative,» he added. «As an organization, we are committed to celebrating and welcoming all individuals as valued members of the Blues family — regardless of how they identify or whom they love.»

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