NHL Player Boycotts Pride Night Jersey, Cites Christian Beliefs

Matt Benning of San Jose Sharks (R) vies for the puck   Filip Forsberg of Nashville Predators during the NHL Global Series Ice Hockey match San Jose Sharks v Nashville Predators in Prague on October 7, 2022. - - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by Michal Cizek / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Flyers defenceman Ivan Provorov refused to wear a rainbow jersey for the team’s “Pride Night” warmup against the Ducks on Tuesday.
  • While justifying the move to reporters, the Russian-born enforcer cited his Christian faith.
  • “I respect everybody’s choices,” Provorov said following the game, which the Flyers won 5-2. “My choice is to stay true to my religion, that’s all I’m gonna say.”

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