The Boston Pride of the NWHL celebrated Pride Night with a 4-1 victory at home on Feb. 15 over the Connecticut Whale, and offered Outsports readers 10% off tickets with code OUTSPORTS10.
Boston is currently in first place in the NWHL by about seven miles, having not lost a single game this season.
To celebrate the LGBTQ community, Pride players wore special jerseys with rainbow accents during the game. Dropping the puck was the other Boston Pride Hockey LGBT+ organization — the group which hosts the city’s annual pride celebration in June. You Can Play, the organization fighting for LGBTQ inclusion in sports and founded by NHL executive Patrick Burke, was also recognized, as were other LGBTQ organizations.
“We may designate it as Pride Night, but it’s not about just one game,” said team president Hayley Moore. “It’s a culmination of everything the Boston Pride Hockey Team does all season long to illustrate that our sport is for and can be played by everyone who wants to participate. As the women’s major professional hockey team representing the city of Boston, this is a responsibility we take very seriously.”
For some people connected with the team, the event is very personal.
“The hockey community holds a special place in my heart and was a constant support system throughout my life,” said team marketing director Katie Gardner. “It was through the hockey community’s unwavering acceptance that I was able to have the courage to come out and be my authentic self.”
Outsports is proud to partner with the Boston Pride for the event.
Games are held at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story did not include the full name of the Boston Pride Hockey LGBT+ organization and linked to an organization with a similar name that is not related to this event. The correct link is https://bostonpridehockey.org/