The Vancouver Canucks are proud supporters of the You Can Play Project. This weekend, a few players attended the 39th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade, where the team had its own float and marched along with those celebrating and supporting the LGBQT+ community.
“The hockey community is all about being inclusive,” Gudbranson said. “Everybody should feel comfortable in their own skin. Having sport get in the way of someone based on sexual orientation or gender or race is absolutely wrong. Everyone is very open-minded in the hockey community and it’s good to be out there showing that and supporting that.”
The Canucks actively support the LGBQT+ community. Just this past February, the team hosted You Can Play Night in their arena during the NHL’s Hockey is For Everyone month. The organization celebrated the event by having the players wear altered rainbow colored jerseys and use pride tape during warm-up.
Vancouver Canucks aren’t the only teams showing their support at Pride Parades. Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and former Chicago Blackhawks Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Mayers have also attended their respective city’s Pride Parade this year.
Numerous NHL teams say that they support the LGBQT+ community, but to many fans, actions speak louder than words. It’s one thing for a team to say they’re behind the You Can Play Project but another to show up and actually dedicate their time to the community.