The Pittsburgh Penguins will support inclusion in hockey by hosting a "You Can Play" Night during Tuesday's game against Calgary at PPG Paints Arena.
The NHL and NHL Players Association have partnered with the "You Can Play" advocacy organization to ensure safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans.
A number of Penguins players will use Pride Tape on their sticks in the pre-game warmup. The sticks will be autographed and auctioned through NHL Auctions, with proceeds benefitting "You Can Play."
Chris Kunitz is serving as the Penguins' You Can Play ambassador. Each NHL team designated an ambassador for the project.
Group tickets also were made available to the LBGTQ community, and tickets from Penguins players and corporate partners were donated to bring LGBTQ youth to the game. A student from CAPA High School will sing the national anthem.
"You Can Play" was founded in 2012 by the NHL's Patrick Burke, son of Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke. Patrick's brother, Brendan, came out as gay in 2009. Brendan died, tragically, in an auto accident several months later, and "You Can Play" was founded in his honor.
The Burke connection is the reason the Penguins chose the game vs. Calgary as their "You Can Play" Night.
The "You Can Play" website is www.youcanplayproject.org.