Sharks' James Reimer chooses not to wear Pride Night jersey and sit out warmups vs. Islanders

The San Jose Sharks are commemorating Pride Night in a house video game versus the New York Islanders, and goaltender James Reimer will not be taking part in warmups since of his choice not to use jerseys the group is using to reveal assistance for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.

Reimer launched a declaration on his choice in which he mentions his faiths as the factor he is picking not to use the Pride Night warmup jersey.

“Under the umbrella of NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative, the San Jose Sharks have chosen to wear jerseys in support of the LGBTQIA+ community tonight.”

“For all 13 years of my NHL career, I have been a Christian – not just in title, but in how I choose to live my life daily. I have a personal faith in Jesus Christ who died on the cross for my sins and, in response, asks me to love everyone and follow Him.

“I have no hate in my heart for anybody, and I have actually constantly aimed to deal with everybody that I experience with regard and compassion. In this particular circumstances, I am picking not to back something that is counter to my individual convictions which are based upon the Bible, the greatest authority in my life.

“I strongly believe that every person has value and worth, and the LGBTQIA+ community, like all others, should be welcomed in all aspects in the game of hockey.”

The NHL has actually been doing Pride Nights around the league for a long time now, and they typically consist of an unique warmup jersey and rainbow stick tape. In speaking to the media about his choice, Reimer stated that the stick tape wasn’t as “in your face” and the concept of using a pride-themed jersey triggered more believed from him.

“It’s tough … so what other teams have done in the past is, some teams, have done stick tape or something like that, right?” Reimer stated, per Corey Masisak of The Athletic. “When it becomes a jersey, it’s a little more … some guys don’t do the tape. Some guys do. (The tape) is not as, I don’t know what the right word is, but mandatory or in your face or whatever. So when it comes to jerseys, then it’s more of a decision and it kind of amounts to something like this if you choose not to wear that jersey. Then we’re kind of back to that question when I saw teams starting to wear jerseys, I knew that would interact with my Christian faith.”

Sharks captain Logan Couture was likewise inquired about Reimer remaining warmups on Pride Night. Couture stated Reimer deserved to make his own choice and explained that the remainder of the group will use the jerseys that commemorate the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.

“Every individual has a choice, and he made his,” Couture stated, per Masisak. “The rest of us are going to be wearing the jersey I think the organization sees this as an extremely important night. And I think a lot of guys in the room are excited to go out and wear the jersey and celebrate it. I think hockey really is for everyone. It is an inclusive sport. We want it to be that way. We’re looking forward to going out there and putting the jersey on and playing a game.”

Reimer is not the very first NHL gamer to remain of warmups on Pride Night. On Jan. 17, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov picked not to take part in warmups on Pride Night, and like Reimer, he mentioned his faiths as the factor.

Throughout the 2022-23 season, numerous groups have actually picked not to use unique warmup jerseys on Pride Night. According to a report from The Athletic, the absence of pride jerseys this season has actually been connected to a league-wide issue about brand-new Russian anti-gay laws and fear that Russian gamers would deal with retribution upon returning house.

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