New York Rangers Spark Controversy After Promoting ‘Pride Night’ Jerseys And Stick Tape, Not Wearing Or Using Them

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The New York Rangers hosted the Las Vegas Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden for its annual ‘Pride Night’ on Friday. However, after promoting pride-themed warm-up jerseys, the team did not wear them.

An email sent out on January 8, 2023, encouraged fans to purchase tickets to the game. It was branded with ‘CELEBRATING PRIDE’ and advertised the warm-up jerseys and tape, “in solidarity with those who continue to advocate for inclusivity.”

New York Rangers Pride Night

Despite what was said in its team-issued email, when New York took the ice in pregame, the players were not wearing the pride-themed jerseys. Instead, they wore their Reverse Retro Liberty jerseys.

Other elements to the Pride Night celebration took place as planned. André Thomas, co-chair of the NYC Pride organization led the ceremonial puck drop.

Branding celebrated the the LGBTQ+ community.

But the Pride jerseys, nor the rainbow stick tape, ever saw the ice.

What happened with the New York Rangers’ Pride Night jerseys and stick tape?

That is the question that some are asking in wake of the reneged Pride Night promise.

According to the New York Post, players were not made aware of the decision beforehand. Upon arrival to the game, the Lady Liberty jerseys were already hanging in their lockers without explanation.

The team has worn Pride warm-ups in the past. It has wrapped its sticks in rainbow tape before.

New York even used the Pride Night jerseys in auction last season.

In response to the questions regarding the warm-ups and stick tape, the Rangers issued the following statement:

It is important to note the timing of this decision. New York did not wear the Pride warm-ups it had promised less than two weeks after Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov sparked controversy by refusing to wear Philadelphia’s Pride Night jerseys.

The backlash was rather significant, and the NHL later released a statement that said players can make their own choices. It is unclear as to whether the Provorov controversy factored into the Rangers’ decision not to wear its previously-promised Pride jerseys, but it is hard to imagine that it did not.

Written by Grayson Weir

Grayson doesn't drink coffee. He wakes up Jacked.


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  1. Good for the Rangers for not bending the knee…yet. These rainbows-and-pronouns-in-Twitter-bio losers don’t buy hockey tickets or team merch. Why listen to them?

    As always: the mob of outraged losers bitching on Twitter about rainbow flags on hockey sweaters doesn’t care one ounce about hockey, they just want power and control. They want to tear down, not build. Envious and resentful of the happy and successful. Just like the people who have torn down other beloved cultural and social institutions: none of them actually care or participated in those things. Look at what happened to the Boy Scouts. The only response to these clowns should be silence and indifference. If we just ignored them, they’d slink away back to Tumblr or wherever they can hug-box themselves till they fall asleep angry and alone.

  2. To the Twitter morons who were so distraught by not seeing the team wear rainbow jerseys, its a hockey game, not a fashion show. So the rainbow lights inside & out, the rainbow flags and scoreboard propaganda wasn’t enough? It just goes to show you, activists don’t want “inclusivity”‘, they want a sexual lifestyle to be celebrated publicly by team or league mandate. The Rangers statement was BS. This was a player decision, not a team one. Good for them.

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