Flames join League pride weekend for home game on Jan 26th
Guildford Flames will join all other Elite Ice Hockey League clubs for the league’s first ever Pride weekend across games from Jan 24th to 26th. On Sunday, 26th, Flames will close the weekend by hosting Belfast Giants where Spectrum’s men will celebrate and promote inclusion and diversity of LGBT+ culture and community.
The club will wear a one of a kind uniform for the evening, including the Flames Pride logo adaptation, and an adjustment to the traditional player surname on the back of the shirts to represent a welcoming community.
“We will use the adapted Pride Flames logo, of course,” offered Kirk Humphreys on behalf of the club, “but we are really excited about our take on the player name. Each player will wear the nickname they use amongst each other. Nothing we can do represents diversity and an inclusive spirit as much as players calling each other by their hockey nicknames, and in doing so expressing a welcoming attitude towards each person that becomes part of that group. It is a mini community in there, and everybody is very different. Different personalities, family backgrounds, educations, lifestyles and interests, yet everyone is welcome, and everyone chooses to pull the rope in the same direction, day in and day out.”
“In the same way we work to make every player feel welcome and safe as a member of this club, we also want everyone to feel safe at EIHL games regardless of differences amongst people whether it involves race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other difference from one person to the next.”
“Finding strength in diversity is what we hope for in terms of the wider community, and we are excited to have this opportunity to help bring these important contemporary issues into the light.”
Further details related to the shirts and other Pride night items, including support from local group Pride In Surrey, will follow in the lead up to the special evening.
Design image attached of Flames adapted pride logo and uniform design.