NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed Thursday that NHL teams will not be wearing Pride rainbow jerseys next season. He revealed the announcement to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman during an interview.
Here are the exact words of the commissioner of the NHL.
JUST IN – NHL players will not wear Pride jerseys during warm-ups anymore
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The decision was made at the last meeting of NHL governors.
As Bettman explains, Pride jerseys aren’t the only ones affected. Players will no longer wear Pride shirts, nor shirts supporting the fight against cancer or supporting the military.
On the other hand, the teams will always have the right to organize thematic evenings such as a Pride evening. What Bettman no longer wanted was the distraction it could create with players’ jerseys on the rink.
This means that the special jerseys will always be created by the teams. They can be put on sale and worn by players off the ice without any problem.
Several players caused controversy by refusing to wear Pride jerseys last season. Ivan Provorov was the first to refuse.
Denis Gurianov of the Canadiens had not worn the jersey either. The Russian players were threatened by their country in a certain way and it is possible to understand their choice.
On the other hand, when Eric Staal refused to wear the sweater, it was still pushed. The stupid thing is that he said he never wore a Pride jersey during a warm-up, but he did during his time with the Canadiens.
The return of NHL players to the Olympics was also discussed at the NHL Governors meeting. On the other hand, there is no development on this subject.
It’s sad, because it would have been happy news after the decision of the jerseys which will still divide the entire hockey community.
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