Blackhawks will not wear Pride-themed jerseys: AP source

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The Chicago Blackhawks have announced a Pride theme ahead of Sunday’s Pride Night game against Vancouver amid security concerns related to Russian legislation expanding restrictions on activities deemed to promote LGBTQ2S+ rights in the country. Do not wear a warm-up jersey.

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. There have been ongoing conversations with players about Pride jerseys, but the organization has decided to hold Pride Nights without the jerseys this year, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law in December that significantly expands restrictions on activities deemed to promote LGBTQ2S+ rights in the country. 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 chose not to wear Pride jerseys or use Pride stick tape as part of the night in January, despite having previously advertised their plans. bottom.

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 LGBTQ2S+ community will play before the game and during intermission, and will also feature the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. There are also plans to highlight several area businesses that are relevant to the LGBTQ2S+ community.

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