EIHL Pride Weekend – It Really Does Matter
The EIHL this week announced a weekend of games showing supporting for the LBGT community and promoting the league and ice hockey in general as a game for everyone.
I have always found ice hockey as a warm and welcoming game. No matter where in the world, as a home or away fan, I have never seen any animosity towards a section of supporters. Hockey is a sport of contrasts. On the ice players will spill blood to win whilst fans will share the same bar afterwards.
When I first saw this I thought it was a bit of a gimmick. Sort of jumping on the ‘Pride’ bandwagon given how big Pride events have become. As a straight, married, white man in my 30’s I don’t think I have ever really thought or cared what the sexuality of the players or my fellow fans is and I have never felt uncomfortable at a game but the more I thought about it the more I am perhaps missing something.
I hope no one ever feels they are unable to go to a hockey game or play a game and perhaps this event will show that hockey is about competition, athleticism and sportsmanship where the badge on the jersey is more important than anything else especially someone’s sexuality.