The Arizona Coyotes will celebrate the National Hockey League's Hockey is for Everyone™ campaign on Thursday, February 1.
The NHL has designated February as Hockey is for Everyone month to reaffirm that the official policy of the sport is one of inclusion on the ice, in our dressing rooms and in the stands. Across the League, NHL Clubs will demonstrate that hockey provides a positive environment for players, families and fans of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and for those with disabilities.
The Hockey is for Everyone campaign is a joint initiative between the NHL and NHL Players' Association which celebrates hockey's growing diversity. As part of the campaign, all 31 NHL Clubs will be represented by a Hockey is for Everyone Player Ambassador; a leader in the dressing room and in the community who believes in and advocates for diversity, equality, respect and inclusion.
The Coyotes will also support the You Can Play Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, particularly for those within the LGBTQ community. You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike only by what they contribute to the sport or their team's success.
Several Coyotes players will use Pride Tape on their sticks during pre-game warm-up to show their support for the You Can Play initiative and to represent their support for Hockey is for Everyone. In addition, Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta will wear a specially designed mask for the game to promote the Hockey Is For Everyone initiative and the You Can Play program. The mask, along with a post-game meet and greet with Raanta, will be auctioned off at the game that night. All proceeds will go to the Arizona Coyotes Foundation. The mask was designed by David Gunnarsson.