Vegas Golden Knights Announce Events For “Hockey Is For Everyone Month” Including LGBT Night

Pierre Edouard Bellemare of the Vegas Golden Knights

In celebration of Hockey Is For Everyone Month, the Vegas Golden Knights have announced a series of programs and events throughout the month of February, including an LGBT night on February 15.

The Golden Knights join the NHL in supporting an inclusive environment for all fans and players regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.

Via press release:

Hockey Is For Everyone Month is a league-wide initiative to foster a safe and inclusive environment in the game of hockey regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare will serve as the Golden Knights player ambassador throughout the month.

In support of Hockey Is For Everyone Month, the Golden Knights will host Hailey Dawson for a ceremonial puck drop at the Golden Knights vs. Philadelphia Flyers game at 5 p.m. PT on February 11. Dawson has a 3-D printed robotic hand that enables her to grab, throw and grasp, and she previously has thrown out multiple pitches at Major League Baseball games. Dawson had a special Vegas Golden Knights hand created by the UNLV School of Engineering to drop the puck.

On February 15, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, or “The Center,” will attend the Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers game at 7 p.m. PT, and a special PSA from Bellemare will be played in-arena. Pride t-shirts will be available for sale, and proceeds from the Vegas Golden Knights 51/49 raffle that night will benefit The Center.

Clients of Opportunity Village, who work with men and women of all levels of disabilities, will attend the Golden Knights vs. Calgary Flames game at 7:30 p.m. PT on February 21 and stand alongside the players on the bench for the national anthem. In addition, clients will attend the Golden Knights practice on February 17 and have the opportunity to skate on the ice afterward.

Players will also be able to use rainbow tape on their sticks for warm-ups February 21 to later be auctioned off, with all proceeds benefiting the You Can Play Project in support of LGBTQ athletes.

By the way, did I mention the Golden Knight have already broken the record for most wins (34 so far) by an NHL team in its inaugural season?

News Round-Up: February 2, 2018

Jim Newman (photo via Instagram – Isauro Cairo)

Some news items you might have:

• I loved actor/singer Jim Newman in “Daddyhunt The Serial” – and now I just discovered his Instagram! I had no idea he performs with the Village People as “The Cowboy.” #SaveAHorse

• Out transgender actress Candis Cayne will star in “ground-breaking” trans storyline on Grey’s Anatomy.

• Tickets went on sale for Elton John’s final world tour and sold out in minutes. #NoSurprise

• shares 13 questions straight people have about gay sex (but are afraid to ask…)

• For her 60th birthday, Ellen DeGeneres gave her studio audience $1 million to split.

• A hater trolled the Pittsburgh Penguins on the announcement of taking part in diversity/inclusion program “Hockey Is For Everyone.” And the Penquins clapped back:

Las Vegas Gets Major League Hockey!

Las Vegas sporting fans are on fire – and I don’t mean the heat – over the news that after years and years of trying, the City of Entertainment will soon become a “Major League” city as billionaire business man Bill Foley has been awarded a National Hockey League expansion franchise beginning with the 2017-18 season.

The 2017 season will celebrate 100 years of the National Hockey League. The expansion will bring the number of teams in the NHL to 31. This is the first expansion for the NHL since 1997.

From the Las Vegas Review Journal:

Foley will pay $500 million to join the league as its 31st team. The yet-to-be-named team, which collected more than 15,000 season-ticket deposits as part of its “Vegas Wants Hockey” campaign beginning Feb. 10, 2015, through May 2016, will play its home games at the 17,500-seat T-Mobile Arena.

Gavin Maloof, whose family owns 15 percent of the Las Vegas NHL team, said: “We’re so excited. This community deserves it. They’re going to enjoy what this team brings to the city, to the fans and especially the kids.”

With Foley at his side, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision by the league’s Board of Governors to expand at a news conference at Encore. The vote, which was 30-0 in favor, followed the recommendation of the nine-member Executive Committee, which met June 7 in New York and advised expansion to Las Vegas.

Bettman said the addition of Las Vegas was based in part on the substance of Foley’s strong bid along with a first-rate facility and the season-ticket drive that by Wednesday afternoon had surpassed 15,000 deposits as a rush of sales poured in after the official announcement.

“The Las Vegas market was intriguing,” Bettman said. “The worldwide reputation it has was appealing and it’s a city that was ready for major league sports.

“But I can’t overstate the importance of the season-ticket drive which got everyone’s attention. It demonstrated there’s a community that is ready and willing to support the NHL.”

And you know what comes along with a hockey team? Sexy hockey player calendar!

Rival Hockey Fans Put On A Show For The ‘Kiss Cam’

This just shows how progressive Hockey fans can be 🙂

This unidentified Blackhawks fan gave the crowd quite a show at a recent match with the Detroit Red Wings. The Blackhawks fan gave the woman next to him a kiss, then, when tapped on the shoulder by a Red Wings fan casually leaned back shared the love.

Quite innocent but fun to see. Watch below:

Holiday video: All Chicago Gay Hockey Assn “All I Want For Christmas”

Very cute video from the players of the CGHA.  What they might lack in musical skills they more than make up for in their sense of fun.  AND they have a very special holiday message for you!

We want you to put aside your differences. And to spend some time getting closer to your family and friends. If you take a step back and look, you may surprise yourself with how much you have in common with people. The person next to you on the train could become your best friend. After all, aren’t we all just looking for love? Don’t forget to laugh a little. And sing a little. Happy Holidays y’all!

The Chicago Gay Hockey Association (CGHA) is Chicago’s Official gay hockey organization. You can follow them on Twitter @ChiGayHockey

Their mission is to provide a non-discriminatory environment within the hockey community. They invite all people with a passion for ice hockey — novice or pro, male or female, straight or gay — to contact them, learn to skate, play on a team, volunteer for social events, come to the games, and join the organization.

I think they look like a lot of fun.

(h/t Towleroad)

Halebop Hockey

A new pro-gay ad from the Swedish mobile carrier Halebop  set in a locker room confrontation:

English translation:

Guy 1: “Miss you, Theo Ekenborg [name of a guy]”

Guy 1: “Who’s that?”

Guy 2: “It’s …”

Guy 2: “It’s my boyfriend.”

Guy 2: “We’re celebrating our … one year anniversary”

Guy 1: “Congrats! One year, that’s not easy”

In the end you hear another guy in the background saying “I know who it is. He’s damn good looking”