SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) will host "Hockey Is For Everyone Night" in cooperation with You Can Play, an NHL-supported non-profit organization that works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports including LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans. "Hockey Is For Everyone Night" will be Thursday, March 2 when the Sharks host the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30 p.m. at SAP Center at San Jose.
Hockey is for Everyone™ uses the game of hockey - and the National Hockey League's global influence - to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. The NHL and San Jose Sharks support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink and believe all hockey programs - from professionals to youth organizations - should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Simply put, Hockey is for Everyone™.
Activities on "Hockey Is For Everyone Night" include:
- Members of both the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks will tape their sticks with Pride-themed hockey tape during the warm-ups. These autographed sticks will be auctioned off later that night on the SAP Center concourse as well as through NHL Auctions with proceeds benefitting You Can Play.
- A pregame ceremony to honor the non-profit of the night, Sikh Gudwara Sahib of San Jose. For more information about Sikh Gudawara Sahib, visit here.
- Autographed Mystery Hats will be sold on the concourse to benefit the Children's Miracle Network, a national non-profit that raises local funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada.
- Before the game begins, a member of the San Francisco Earthquakes, the Bay Area's only LGBTQ hockey team, will drop the ceremonial first puck with Sharks captain Joe Pavelski and Canucks captain Henrik Sedin.
- Sharks players, coaches, and broadcasters will wear "You Can Play" lapel pins throughout the night.
- The evening's Sharks Foundation 50/50 raffle will benefit LGBTQ Youth Space, a program of Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally youth and young adults ages 13-25 living in Santa Clara County.
- During the game, the Sharks will run a video on the SAP Center video board of players Joel Ward and Chris Tierney who visited the LGBTQ Youth Space earlier that week.
Additionally, Sharks players will tape their sticks with Pride-themed hockey tape for their game on Tuesday, February 7 at Buffalo. These autographed sticks will be auctioned off through NHL Auctions with proceeds benefitting You Can Play.
Group tickets to "Hockey Is For Everyone Night" include access to a postgame photo with Sharks Forward Kevin Labanc and a "Hockey is For Everyone" rally towel. To learn more about how your group or organization can participate in "Hockey Is For Everyone Night" call (408) 999-5757. Individual game tickets are available at the SAP Center Ticket Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
About the San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL) based in San Jose, California. As members of the NHL's Pacific Division of the Western Conference, the team plays its home games at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks were founded as an expansion team in 1991 and made their NHL debut in the 1991-'92 season. To date, the Sharks have won six division titles and made the playoffs in 19 of their first 25 seasons, including 12 the last 13 years. The 2015-'16 season marked the first time in franchise history that the team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.