The New Jersey Devils will host their Fifth Annual Pride Night on Sunday, April 11 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:00 p.m. For the first-time, Devils players will wear pride-themed warm-up jerseys which will be autographed and available for auction. The jerseys will be auctioned off April 11 starting at 7:00 p.m. through April 18. Additionally, this year's online Pride t-shirt sale will launch on Friday, April 9. For more information on the warm-up jersey auction and t-shirt sales, please visit: newjerseydevils.com/pridenight.
In addition, player warm-up sticks with pride tape and locker room nameplates will be made available for auction during Pride Month in June, as part of the Devils' continued commitment to the LGBTQ+ community throughout the year.
New Jersey Devils Pride Statement
We celebrate Pride Night once a year, but our Pride is year-round. What started as protest has turned into a celebration, but we know there is still much work that needs to be done. We are committed to providing an inclusive space where everyone is welcomed as their true and authentic selves.
With our platform:
We highlight the incredible work of the LGBTQ+ community.
We amplify voices and leaders in the community.
We open the doors to Prudential Center for our LGBTQ+ partners to utilize our facilities.
We support and cheer on our partners including You Can Play and Garden State Equality.
To any of our fans or guests who may be struggling with their own sexual orientation, identity or expression, we support you and our home will always be a home for you and the Devils will always be family for you.
Additional Pride Night Promotions Includes:
Pride at Prudential Center: For Pride Night, the logos and branded marks of New Jersey Devils will turn to a Pride Theme. Prudential Center's LED signage and Investors Bank and Ford Tower will also illuminate into Pride colors.
NJD.TV Pride Educational Interviews: NJD.TV will interview leaders from the creators of Pride Tape, Garden State Equality and You Can Play Project in efforts to educate fans on the importance of Pride Nights and ways in which the funds raised throughout the night supports LGBTQ+ initiatives. Interviews will be featured on the in-arena scoreboard and Devils social, digital and second screen platforms.
NYC Gay Hockey Association Players Serve as Honorary Captains: Katie Mauro and Liz Kostro, long-time members of the New York City Gay Hockey Association, will serve as Honorary Captains of the game. The Devils will also host the New York City Gay Hockey Association for a Hockey Is For Everyone clinic on the Prudential Center game rink later this Spring.
Max DeFrancesco to sing National Anthem: Max DeFrancesco, a long-time guest singer of the New Jersey Devils, will sing the National Anthem representing the LGBTQ+ community.
Heroes Among Us: Riley Keenan, Army Military Police Officer and Kadja Manuel, U.S. Army Specialist, will be honored as the night's Heroes Among Us. Riley entered the U.S. Army as a Private and served overseas during the Desert Storm Campaign. He began his own walk to be his true self as a trans man over 10 years ago and is a steadfast advocate and mentor for the LGBTQ+ community, dedicating himself to helping LGBTQ+ youth and serving as a youth advocate at center for family services. Kadja served in the army for six years and has committed his life to advocating for LGBTQ+ communities as well, serving as the 3rd Vice President of NAACP's Trenton branch, where he is chair of the armed services and veteran affairs committee and the LGBTQ+ committee.
Hudson Pride Center to Serve as Group of Game: Hudson Pride Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-based organization situated in Jersey City, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in this country and home to the largest LGBTQ community in New Jersey. Their organization is a safe home and voice for the diverse LGBTQ community and their allies that advocate for our physical, mental, social, and political well-being.
For additional information and ways to support the LGBTQ+ community visit NewJerseyDevils.com/pridenight, and follow @NJDevils on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #HockeyIsForEveryone.