Vancouver Canucks reveal plans to hold a DRAG SHOW before their annual 'Pride Night' game... with players also set to don LGBTQ warmup jerseys on the ice despite other NHL stars REFUSING to take part
The NHL's Vancouver Canucks' annual Pride Night on Friday will feature a drag show before the game, the team announced Thursday.
The 'Pride Party on the Plaza' will feature 'Vancouver-based performers Mx.Bukuru, Carrie Oki Doki, Xanax, and Jerrilynn Spears,' according to the team, while the team will also wear Pride themed warmup jerseys designed by a local artist.
'The opportunity to celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ community is very important to our entire organization,' Michael Doyle, president, Canucks Sports & Entertainment, business operations,' said in a press release.
The Canucks Pride Night comes after several players on other teams refused to take part in their organizations' respective Pride demonstrations.
Citing an anti-gay Kremlin law, Russian defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin refused to take part in the Buffalo Sabres' Pride warmup due to safety concerns.
His birth country's laws were amended to stop the proliferation of 'LGBT propaganda' last December.
Additionally, Florida Panthers brothers Eric and Marc Staal declined to wear an LGBTQ sweater and therefore did not participate in the warmup skate before a game last week.
The pair cited their religious beliefs as the reasoning for their decision, though Eric previously wore a Pride warmup jersey in 2021.
'After many thoughts, prayers and discussions we have chosen not to wear a Pride Night jersey tonight,' the brothers said in a statement, released by the Panthers.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov and San Jose Sharks netminder James Reimer also cited their religious beliefs in making the same decision as the Staals, while the Blackhawks, Islanders, Rangers and Wild all opted out of wearing Pride jerseys.