NHL expands engagement efforts including Pride participation

By : Kevin Majoros OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Ally Braden Holtby at the Capital Pride parade June 8. Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros.

Hockey is for Everyone, the National Hockey League’s (NHL) cultural campaign, has evolved in a significant way over the past year. Originally an annual one-month campaign in February, the NHL shifted their strategy to a year-round community program for long-term engagement.

Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey and the League’s global influence to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. NHL stakeholders guide the conversation at the league level and the campaign amplifies what NHL teams are already doing.

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Fundraiser launched for Ryan Getzlaf’s homophobic slur fine

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The National Hockey League (NHL) has opted to not suspend Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf for using a homophobic slur during Game 4 at the Western Conference finals on Friday. Instead, Getzlaf has been given the maximum fine of $10,000.

Getzlaf was caught on camera appearing to call the referee, “f**king c***sucker.” He issued a public apology but OutSports’ Cyd Zeigler calls it, “the worst non-apology for a slur in sports history.”

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Braden Holtby named Washington Capitals’ LGBT-inclusion ambassador

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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The NHL has appointed goaltender Braden Holtby as the Washington Capitals’ LGBT-inclusion ambassador as part of its new initiative to include more LGBT support and visibility in hockey, Outsports reports.

In a collaboration with You Can Play , the NHL has assembled team ambassadors for all 30 teams to set an example for equality in the locker room and to be a support system for LGBT people on the team. You Can Play is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating homophobia in sports.

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Washington Capitals’ Braden Holtby to represent team at Pride Parade

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Washington, D.C (AP) – Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby will represent the Washington Capitals in the annual Capital Pride Parade on June 11, which the goaltender hopes is just the start of his involvement in the gay-rights movement.

Holtby and his wife, Brandi, were planning to attend the parade anyway, and he was honored when asked by the organization to participate. Holtby and other team representatives will walk in conjunction with the organization You Can Play, which has worked with the NHL to promote tolerance.

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Stanley Cup on hand during Solar Bears All-Star event

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Orlando – Hockey fans will have plenty to celebrate during the All-Star Classic, which pits the Orlando Solar Bears against a mix of all-stars from clubs throughout the East Coast Hockey League. As an added bonus, the Stanley Cup will be on hand throughout the week-long event and fans will have an opportunity to be photographed with the iconic hockey prize.

“The cup itself has a curator, Phil Pritchard of the Hockey Hall of Fame,” explained Jason Siegel, CEO of the Solar Bears, adding that a strong relationship with the Hall of Fame helped secure the cup for the four-day hockey exhibition. 

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