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On February 28th, the Canucks will keep the conversation going for You Can Play by wearing specially designed uniforms in warm-ups prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Red Wings.
As part of the event, the players will also wear pride tape on their sticks.
The jerseys were debuted in the summer when then Canucks Emerson Etem joined the Vancouver Pride Parade wearing one. They were a hit among fans, and many were calling for the team to sell them.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) July 31, 2016
Former Canucks GM Brian Burke’s son, Patrick Burke, started the initiative. Patrick was driven by the memory of his brother Brendan who died in a car accident but was a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community. Brendan came out as gay in 2009 and is regarded as one of the closest people to the NHL to come out as gay, a stepping stone in the right direction for the league.
The night will also mark the Canucks turn at the “Hockey is for Everyone” campaign, started by the NHL to promote diversity and kindness across the league.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 5, 2017
The jerseys will be auctioned off online, with more details coming at a later date. The Vancouver Pride Society will also be on hand to take part in the event.