Boston’s National Hockey Team Fights Homophobia with Rainbows and Fundraiser

Last weekend, the National Hockey League held Hockey Is for Everyone Night to promote LGBTQ acceptance.

The Advocate writes:

During the Saturday game with the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden, the [Boston] Bruins adopted a rainbow logo on social media. In addition, players wrapped their hockey sticks in Pride tape during warm-up as a show of solidarity with the LGBT community.

A silent auction raffled off autographed sticks, which supported You Can Play, a nonprofit that fights homophobia in sports. You Can Play pins were also worn by coaches, broadcasters, and executives.

Brad Marchand, who was named the Bruins’ You Can Play Ambassador, said:

We’re a team in the [dressing] room and a family. It doesn’t matter what different beliefs guys have, or where they come from, or whatever the case may be. Guys would accept it. Again, in the room we’re a family. That’s the way it is on a hockey team, and that’s the way it will always be.

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