The Vancouver Canucks will be sporting a different look this Tuesday as they warm up to face the Detroit Red Wings.
The team will be outfitted with special pride-themed jerseys and will have their sticks wrapped with rainbow pride tape to celebrate You Can Play Night.
That initiative is designed to promote inclusion and safety for everyone who wants to play sports, including LGBTQ athletes.
It was co-founded by former Canucks’ GM Brian Burke’s son Patrick, in part to honour his brother Brendan – one of the highest level hockey players ever to come out as gay.
Brendan was outspoken about acceptance of LGBTQ players in hockey until his death in a car crash in 2010.
Tuesday’s event is also part of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative, in which each team puts on a night celebrating the diversity of fans and players.
The unique jerseys will be autographed, and later auctioned off on the web.