There have been a number of controversies in the National Hockey League this season related to Pride Night events held throughout the league, and it would appear that we now have another one.
According to multiple reports, San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer is refusing to wear a Pride Night jersey with the rest of his teammates on Saturday night during the warmups set to take place prior to a game between the Sharks and the New York Islanders.
The Sharks have released the following statement:
Continuing, a long-standing commitment of allyship with the LGBTQIA+ community, Sharks Sports & Entertainment is extremely proud to host our 2023 Sharks Pride Night. This week's events, culminating with tonight's game against the New York Islanders, reinforce our organization's values and dedication to an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for all guests in each of our venues.
As we promote those standards, we also acknowledge and accept the rights of individuals to express themselves, including how or whether they choose to express their beliefs, regardless of the cause or topic.
As an organization, we will not waver in our support of the LGBTQIA+ community and continue to encourage others to engage in active allyship
Stay tuned for more details.