Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins Will Host ‘Hockey Is For Everyone Night’ On Thursday

The night is part of the NHL’s initiative to celebrate inclusion and diversity.

February 20, 2019 - 9:54 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will host “Hockey Is For Everyone” night on Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.

The night is part of the NHL’s initiative to celebrate inclusion and diversity.

The exterior sign above the Highmark Gate will be lit in rainbow colors and there will be Pride-themed merchandise on sale.

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Penguins players will use rainbow-colored Pride tape on their sticks during warmup, and those hockey sticks will be auctioned by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. Proceeds will benefit “You Can Play,” an advocacy organization that promotes safety and inclusion in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans.

Annika Batavia, with Hockey Sticks Together, will sing the national anthem before the game, and the Pittsburgh Blind Hockey team will play during second intermission

The Penguins, The Delta Foundation, with other local businesses have also given free tickets to local LGBTQ youth for Thursday night’s game. There will also be members of the Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey, the Beaver County Ice Sharks, Steel City Icebergs and Pittsburgh Emperors Special Hockey, Pittsburgh I.C.E., Pittsburgh Blind Hockey, Pittsburgh Gay Hockey. The Persad Center, the Stonewall Sports Alliance, Steel City Volleyball and Softball, and the Delta Foundation attending the game.

Thursday night’s game begins at 7 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena.

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