Alex Ovechkin Takes a Bold Stand on Pride Nights

Published September 18, 2023 at 10h25
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The Polemic Surrounding Pride Nights in the NHL

A lot of people think of Alex Ovechkin as one of the best hockey players of all time. With that kind of recognition and admiration from the public comes a lot of attention.

Last year, the Capitals held a pride night, like most of the other NHL teams, but used pride tape instead of jerseys. The captain, however, didn't take part in the warmup that day.

While it didn't get as much attention as when Ivan Provorov made the same decision, it was still criticized by many.

After this and all the reactions that emerged, the NHL decided to remove all specialty jersey nights. We won't be seeing games dedicated to pride jerseys, breast cancer awareness jerseys, military appreciation jerseys, or other thematic warmup jerseys.


Ovechkin Shares His Opinion on Pride Nights in the NHL

Ovechkin opened up on the NHL's decision to cancel the pride nights:

The Washington captain also praised NHL leadership for not imposing any sanctions on players like Ivan Provorov of the Philadelphia Flyers and current Red Wings goalie James Reimer over their refusal to participate in NHL-sanctioned Pride Night events in support of the LGBTQ community.

"Well, what can I say here?" Ovechkin asked. "Well done. It should be like this everywhere."

Ovechkin clearly appreciates Gary Bettman's decision.

It's a sensitive subject, and his opinion might not be liked by all. But like everybody else, he has the right to speak his mind.

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Alex Ovechkin Takes a Bold Stand on Pride Nights

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