Earlier this month, the NHL made a controversial move when it announced that teams would no longer be wearing the special Pride warmup uniforms before games, and Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid is not happy about that decision.
During an appearance at the NHL Awards Ceremony on Monday where he was awarded this year’s Hart Trophy, Connor McDavid spoke out against the NHL’s decision to ban the Pride warmup jerseys, calling the move “disappointing to see.”
“I certainly can’t speak for every organization. I know in Edmonton, we were one of the first teams to use the Pride tape,” McDavid said Monday at the NHL’s award ceremony according to Fox News. “I know in Edmonton, in our dressing room, we strongly feel that hockey is for everybody. That includes the Pride nights and stuff like that.
“Of course, it’s disappointing to see. With that being said, it’s certainly way, way above my decision. It’s not my call, but obviously, it’s disappointing to see.”
While teams will still hold Pride nights and other themed events throughout the year, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the themed jerseys will no longer be worn on the ice, claiming that they caused a “distraction” from players choosing to opt out of wearing them.