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Major announcement from the Canadiens and it will really not please Gary Bettman

Published January 15, 2024 at 4:36 PM
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As you are certainly already aware, over the past few months and following the controversies of last season, Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League have decided to ban thematic jerseys in the colors of LGBTQ+ pride.

There is also, unfortunately, a discomfort in the league surrounding Pride nights in general.

This has been strongly criticized, and rightly so!

Through a statement issued on Thursday, the organization dedicated to sports and recreation for the LGBTQ+ community indicated that it could only "deplore the situation". Members of Équipe Montréal also ask elected officials to support them in their denunciation of the NHL.



"The NHL's retreat reaction in the face of the intolerance of some of its players towards LGBTQ+ people sends a clear message not just to its fans, but to everyone involved in hockey, we can read in the Équipe Montréal's statement. They confirm that even in the biggest professional hockey league, LGBTQ+ people are a distraction and that it is not necessary to work on their inclusion."

Via an article from La Presse

In short, kudos to the Montreal Canadiens!

Despite all this, Pride night will take place tonight at the Bell Centre! See the official statement from the organization confirming this publicly and giving the details.

"It's the annual Pride night at the Bell Centre

Monday's game will mark the eighth edition of the Canadiens' annual Pride night, presented in partnership with Scotiabank.

Organizations and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community will be at the Bell Centre for the evening, which is a celebration of diversity and inclusion in hockey. By going to fierte.encanpro.ca, fans can bid on experiences and items, ranging from a pair of tickets to a Canadiens game that includes a meeting with Samuel Montembeault, to a wide range of Pride items signed by the 2023-2024 edition of the team, in addition to sticks wrapped in the Pride Ribbon (added to the auction after the warm-up).

The funds raised during the auction will be donated to You Can Play and GRIS-Montréal, two organizations that advocate for diversity and inclusion in sports and society. For more information about the evening, visit canadiens.com/fierte." - Montreal Canadiens

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