The San Jose Sharks held their annual Pride Night celebration on Saturday evening. The night was supposed to celebrate diversity and inclusion in hockey, but San Jose garnered headlines for a different reason.
Sharks goaltender James Reimer sat out during warmups so he could avoid wearing the team’s Pride jersey. Unlike other recent NHL teams faced with the same predicament, the Sharks continued on with the promotion as their teammate stayed inside the locker room.
The Sharks pride sweaters featured a shark on the crest holding two sticks with rainbow tape inside a heart and Love Wins patches. The jerseys are being auctioned off with a portion of proceeds going to Adolescent Counseling Services, a charity providing support to LGBTQ+ youth and families.