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Wild To Host You Can Play Awareness Night

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

The organization's slogan is simple: "If you can play, you can play."

Now, it's being embraced by more and more of the hockey and sports world.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Wild and the You Can Play Organization, a partner of the Wild's, will host a You Can Play awareness night when the Wild plays the Edmonton Oilers.

You Can Play, according to its mission, "is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation."

The organization partnered with the NHL and the NHL Player's Association in 2013. Co-founded by the NHL's Director of Player Safety Patrick Burke, You Can Play has always had a strong backing from the hockey world.

"It's a cool organization where, it's an important thing to include everyone in everything you do, and everyone treated equal," Charlie Coyle said. "That goes in life, that goes in sports, so it's nice to help with that movement. It's cool that the Wild is getting involved in helping out that way."

On Thursday, fans can stop by Section 104 to get more information about the organization. There, special Minnesota Wild and You Can Play branded merchandise will be on sale, with all the proceeds going to You Can Play.

To read more about the event, click here.

To learn more about the You Can Play organization, click here.

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