REPORT: St. Louis Blues have decided against wearing Pride Jerseys

Published April 3, 2023 at 7:21 PM

The NHL is actively striving to create an inclusive and accepting league for all individuals. As part of these efforts, they have been promoting Pride Nights where teams wear rainbow jerseys during warm-ups.

However, this initiative has caused controversy among some players and fans. Certain players, citing religious beliefs, have refused to wear the rainbow jerseys, while Russian players face potential legal consequences if they wear them upon returning to their home country.

As a result of these conflicting viewpoints, there has been ongoing debate about whether the NHL truly lives up to its image as a welcoming and accepting community. The latest development in this ongoing discussion is that yet another team has decided not to wear their pre-game pride jerseys.

According to Jim Rutherford, a writer for The Athletic who covers the St. Louis Blues, the Blues have decided against wearing their warm-up Pride Jerseys:

Blues players will not wear Pride jerseys during warmups before the team's Pride night game against the Flyers on Tuesday, a team source told The Athletic on Monday. Here's what you need to know:

The Blues announced their plans for Pride night, which included a list of promotions, but notably omitted whether the team will be wearing Pride jerseys during the pregame warmups. The team said there will be Pride-themed warmup pucks and rainbow stick tape available for players.

The source said the decision not to wear the warmup jerseys was made to put the focus on the positive things the team is doing to support and affirm the LGBTQIA+ community.

St. Louis previously wore Pride jerseys during warmups on April 6, 2022.

Instead, the Blues have a whole night worth of events planned to celebrate the Pride community:

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REPORT: St. Louis Blues have decided against wearing Pride Jerseys

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