The newly appointed President of NHLPA discusses the controversy surrounding Pride Night.
BY DAN MARCH 30, 2023 (3:29 PM)
These players have chosen not to wear Pride Night-themed warmup jerseys that promote inclusiveness and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.
While it is within their rights to make such a decision, it is clear that their protests are having a significant impact on the league's ability to promote its message of inclusivity. The focus of the narrative shifts from celebrating diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity to perceived bigotry and intolerance, particularly towards the trans community.
This is deeply disheartening, and the NHL is reportedly considering discontinuing the celebrations altogether.
During his official introduction today as the new NHLPA president, Marty Walsh addressed the issue by commenting:
Gary Bettman also spoke about the matter and stated:
The silent protests have become a significant distraction from the NHL's overall message of support, prompting the question of whether the effort is worthwhile.
If Pride Night events provide a platform for players and fans to express negative arguments and toxic opinions, then it raises doubts as to whether the NHL should continue to hold such events.