Vancouver, B.C. - On February 28th vs Detroit the Vancouver Canucks players will wear special pride jerseys and will use pride tape on their hockey sticks during warm up to celebrate You Can Play Night. This initiative encourages safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans. This night also coincides with the National Hockey League's Hockey is for Everyone™ initiative where each NHL team will host a night to celebrate the diversity of hockey's athletes and fans.
The warm up jerseys will be signed and auctioned off online; details to be made available at a later date. Additionally the Team Store will be selling a variety of merchandise celebrating You Can Play Night. The Vancouver Pride society will also be present at Community Corner (section 111) and there will be a number of unique game presentation elements throughout the night for fans to enjoy.
The Canucks are dedicated to supporting inclusive programs that celebrate diversity and encourage the growth of hockey year-round, from Female Jamboree to marching in the Pride Parade to being the presenting sponsor of the 7th Generation program. As part of Hockey is for Everyone, on February 27th the Vancouver Canucks along with the Vancouver International Film Festival will be hosting a free screening of Soul on Ice: Past, Present & Future. The movie delves into the black experience throughout the history of hockey and how those experiences have encouraged more participation in the game. Visit www.viff.org or call 604-683-FILM to reserve; please note seating is limited.
ABOUT HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE
In support of their longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in hockey, the National Hockey League, the League's Member Clubs and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) are spotlighting a variety of community-related initiatives for Hockey Is For Everyone™ month. Every day throughout February, Hockey Is for Everyone activities focus awareness on such areas as LGBTQ; ethnicity and gender equality; socio-economic status and those with disabilities. The campaign is conducted in partnership with the You Can Play Project -- a nonprofit committed to supporting the LGBTQ community and fighting homophobia in sports. The campaign marks the first time the Players' Association, the League and its Clubs have collaborated to encourage teamwork, inclusiveness and diversity in hockey at all levels daily for an entire calendar month.
ABOUT YOU CAN PLAY
The You Can Play Project was launched in 2012 in honour of Brendan Burke, who passed away in a car accident shortly after coming out. The mission of You Can Play is to ensure safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans.