Representatives from the Elite League’s three Scottish teams joined the EIHL in a special press conference this afternoon in Glasgow to launch their pride jerseys.
The Elite League’s first-ever pride weekend, which takes place from 24-26 January, will see all ten teams wearing special jerseys. Dundee Stars, Fife Flyers and Glasgow Clan unveiled theirs to media at a press event in the Blythswood Hotel.
“It’s great that the league is doing the Pride Weekend. In Dundee, we are partnering with TayFM and Police Scotland who are coming to our game on Friday to promote awareness for LGBTQ+ causes and organisations. We’re really looking forward to starting the league’s pride weekend live on television, and hope that both our fans and those from the Clan will create a great atmosphere for what will also be important league points!” – Omar Pacha (Head Coach, Dundee Stars)
“Our fan base in Glasgow really pushed out about how hockey is for everyone at playoffs last year, and we see that hockey is a really safe space both at the Clan and across the league. It’s fantastic to see the league promoting this message together, and we’re really happy to have Pride Glasgow involved with us for our home game this weekend.” – Scott Tanski (Forward, Glasgow Clan)
“Fife Flyers are very proud to be partnering with local organisations in Kirkcaldy for our Pride Weekend. We have Kirkcaldy High School LGBT+ coming to our game which has its own movement and it’s great to see how schools across Fife are working hard to make sure everyone is included. They also offer advice on how to help younger people who may come out to you, and we want to work with our junior club coaches as well to make sure that they’re able to support our younger hockey players. Also working with Fife Pride both at this event and in the coming year, the Flyers organisation aim to make sure the LGBT community feel welcome and valued.” – Ali McLaren (Media Manager, Fife Flyers)