NHL Analyst Tells Player Who Boycotted Pride Event To Go ‘Home,’ Join Ukraine Invasion

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  • NHL Network analyst E.J. Hradek, while slamming Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov for refusing to participate in the team’s Pride Night activities, said the Russian-born defenseman should return to his home country and fight against Ukraine if he doesn’t want to take part in such events.
  • “Ivan Provorov can get on a plane any day he wants and go back to a place where he feels more comfortable, take less money, and get on with his life that way if it’s that problematic for him,” Hradek said Wednesday on the NHL Network program “NHL Now,” reported Outkick.
  • Provorov, 26, came under fire after he refused to wear a Pride-themed warmup jersey Tuesday night before his team took the ice in a home game against the Anaheim Ducks. He played in the game but said he had boycotted the pregame warmups and the jersey because of his religious beliefs as a Russian Orthodox Christian.

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