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CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks canceled Pride before Sunday’s Pride Night game against Vancouver amid security concerns related to Russian legislation expanding restrictions on activities deemed to promote LGBTQIA+ rights in the country. No themed warm-up jerseys.
The decision was made by the NHL organization after discussions with security personnel inside and outside the franchise, a person familiar with the situation told The AP on Wednesday, requesting anonymity.
The Blackhawks have previously worn Pride warm-up jerseys and have worn special warm-up jerseys on other themed nights this season. Discussions continued with the players about a Pride jersey, but the organization has decided to hold Pride Night without the jersey this year, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press.
President Putin of Russia signed the law In December, the country significantly increased restrictions on activities deemed to promote LGBTQIA+ rights. Chicago defenseman Nikita Zaitsev is from Moscow, and other players have family or ties to Russia.
The decision by the Blackhawks comes after San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provolov refused to participate in a warm-up in their pride-themed jerseys. The New York Rangers have opted not to wear their Pride jerseys or use Pride stick tape as part of Pride Night in January, despite having previously advertised their plans. .
Chicago won’t be wearing the Pride warm-up jersey this year, but the team has a variety of activities planned for Sunday’s game. His DJ from the LGBTQIA+ community will play before the game and during intermission, and will also feature the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. There are also plans to showcase his business in several areas that are relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community.