Thursday opened the monthlong celebration of "Hockey Is For Everyone" sponsored by the NHL, the NHL Players' Association, and all 31 member teams.
The annual campaign focuses on awareness and activities that celebrate all people who play or watch hockey, including fans of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and those with disabilities.
There are a number of activities planned throughout the league with the Buffalo Sabres hosting its "Hockey Is For Everyone" game on Tuesday, Feb. 6 when they host the Anaheim Ducks. Ryan O'Reilly is the team's ambassador for the initiative.
More than 100 NHL players will be using Colors in the Pride rainbow tape representing inclusion and support of LGBTQ players on the ice, in the locker room, behind the bench, and in the stands. Fans can purchase their own rainbow tape at NHLShop.com.
Harrison Browne, who played last season for the Buffalo Beauts in the National Women’s Hockey League and is the first openly transgender athlete in professional hockey, will be one of the program ambassadors.
The NHL Network will have an all-female production of NHL Now on Feb. 28 featuring Jamie Hersch and Jackie Redmond from the NHL Network, Kathryn Tappen of NBC, Amalie Benjamin from NHL.com, as well as reporters Caley Chelios (Tampa Bay Lightning), Lauren Gardner (Colorado Avalanche) and Shannon Hogan (New York Islanders). Special guests will include Manon Rheaume, the first female goaltender in NHL history, and members of the U.S. Women’s National Team following their trip to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.