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NHL teams, players celebrate Pride Day with messages of support

Blackhawks, Capitals, Blues among those posting videos, pictures on social media

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

All around the NHL on Friday, teams and players celebrated Pride Day, offering up pictures, videos and even special gear to benefit LGBTQ+ charities.

June 26th is a significant date because in 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to grant same-sex marriages and recognize same-sex marriages granted in other states.

The Chicago Blackhawks teamed up with Rowboat Creative to make special edition Pride shirts available. Proceeds will be going to Chicago Blackhawks Foundation, and Center on Halsted, which is dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicago.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: We teamed up with Rowboat Creative again, this time launching a shirt to support our LGBTQ+ community!The net proceeds from the tees will go to the @CenteronHalsted and the #Blackhawks Foundation to support our LGBTQ+ partners!Details:

They also shared a video of the United Center welcoming the Chicago Gay Hockey Association.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: As part of the @NHL's Pride day, we want to shine a spotlight on @ChiGayHockey and the impact they make on our community!#HockeyIsForEveryone

The Washington Capitals shared a clip from forward Lars Eller.

Tweet from @Capitals: We stand with the LGBTQ+ community in their fight for acceptance, inclusion, and equal rights.#HockeyIsForEveryone | #PrideMonth

The Dallas Stars posted a conversation between defenseman John Klingberg and an executive board member of You Can Play, which works ensure the safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Together we can make a difference. @johnklingberg and Billy, an executive board member for @YouCanPlayTeam, discuss ways we can continue to change the environment to make sure that #HockeyIsForEveryone #StarsPride

Minnesota Wild forward J.T. Brown shared a great family photo of his wife, Lexi, and their two children all decked out in Pride gear.

Tweet from @JTBrown23: Happy @NHL Pride Day to the LGBTQ+ community! I wish we could be celebrating at the Twin Cities Pride parade again this year, but instead the kids, Lexi, and I will settle for a living room dance party. Love is love. #HockeyIsForEveryone

The Philadelphia Flyers had Scott Laughton, Travis Konecny and James van Riemsdyk read a special message to mark the occasion.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: If you can play, you can play. #HockeyIsForEveryone

The defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues also shared a message with their fans.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Pride is equality. Pride is community. #HockeyIsForEveryone

Even Gritty got in on the action, carrying a rainbow flag across a green field.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: Love always wins.

Teams also celebrated by changing their social media profile pictures and charing memories from last year's Pride Day parades.

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