The NHL is reportedly considering cancelling its Pride Night celebrations.
BY DAN MARCH 28, 2023 (10:06)
Ivan Provorov, James Reimer, Marc Staal, Eric Staal, and Ilya Lyubushkin are among the players who have decided not to wear the warmup jerseys promoting inclusiveness and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Night in the NHL.
While players have the right to choose whether or not to support the cause, these protests have significantly affected the league's ability to convey its message about inclusivity.
Opting out of the event shifts the narrative from promoting inclusivity and supporting sexual orientation and gender identity to one of hate and bigotry, particularly towards the trans community.
This is disheartening, and the NHL is now reportedly considering cancelling the celebrations entirely.
Gary Bettman spoke to CTV news on Monday night while he was in Ottawa, attending the Sens game.
The distraction caused by these silent protests is significant enough to make us question the value of the NHL's efforts to promote its larger narrative. If Pride Night only amplifies negative and harmful attitudes from players and fans, then is it truly worth it? This is an important question that must be raised.