Source - The NHL tweeted its support for fans celebrating Pride Day on Friday, encouraging fans who are members of the LGBTQ+ community to “show us your PRIDE!” with the hashtag #HockeyIsForEveryone.
Last month, the NHL announced players and clubs would participate in Pride Month, in partnership with the You Can Play Project.
“There’s no better way to make young athletes and fans feel safe and welcome than to have their sports idols and the teams they look up to showing this kind of recognition and support. This was the original vision of You Can Play, and our partnership with the NHL and NHLPA has made that something that LGBTQ athletes and allies alike can feel good about,” Brian Kitts, You Can Play co-founder and president, said in the statement.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league hopes to promote inclusivity year-round.
I just wanted to point this out real quick because I thought it was pretty cool. The NHL and all of its teams are going above and beyond what they have to do to show support for the LGBTQ community. It's wild because "being gay" has basically been a punchline in sports (and everything) for as long as I can remember. It's better now, but it's still prevalent and to see the NHL stand up against it is awesome. All other leagues should take note.
Here are some of the tweets that went out from individual teams:
Most of the teams changed their cover photos too. It's tough to articulate how awesome this is to see, but let me just tell you it made my day. Shout out to NHL- they love gays and we love them. Happy Pride!