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St. Louis Blues to hold first Pride Night Jan. 19

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NHL team reaches out to LGBT fans.

The St. Louis Blues of the NHL will hold their first Pride Night to support their LGBT fans, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. vs. the Washington Capitals.

“I don’t want to make too much of it,” Steve Chapman, a Blues vice president, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s not like we’re changing the world. It’s a hockey game. We’re not trying to preach or be part of a major social platform. It’s about making sure everyone knows they are welcome.”

The tickets will also go to support the You Can Play Project, started by Patrick Burke, now an NHL executive. The coolest thing about buying a ticket is getting the Blues musical note logo T-shirt in rainbow colors. It’s easily one of the top logos in sports.

The National Anthem at the game will be sung by the Gateway Men’s Chorus, while the first lesbian to win Miss Missouri will drop the puck. The gay chorus was jazzed when it was announced it would sing at the game.

“It was pandemonium,” artistic director Robert Stumpf said. “This is a major opportunity. It’s great the Blues are building a bridge to a section of the community that has been under-represented and has been pretty badly treated over the years.”

You can get details on the promotion and buy tickets here. Here is the T-shirt that will come with the ticket: