The Chicago Blackhawks will celebrate Pride Night, in partnership with BMO Harris Bank, on Tuesday, April 27 when the team hosts the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center. Pride Night brings the entire Blackhawks community together to stand against hate and for inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals in society and in the sport of hockey.
Blackhawks players will wear exclusive Pride-themed jerseys and use Pride Tape on their sticks during warm-ups. Following the game, the warmup jerseys and select player sticks will be auctioned online at Blackhawks.com/PrideJersey through Friday, May 7 at 12 p.m. CT. All proceeds will benefit local organizations that provide resources to the LGBTQ+ community or increase diversity in hockey including the Center on Halsted and the Chicago Gay Hockey Association (CGHA).
Throughout this season, the Chicago Blackhawks' biggest fans and other Chicago community members have virtually carried on the tradition of cheering during the national anthem. In addition to overall Pride Night support on Blackhawks digital channels, the national anthem rendition for April 27 will feature Pride Night partners and beneficiaries including the Center on Halsted, the Chicago Gay Hockey Association, You Can Play and members of BMO Pride.
The Blackhawks also joined forces with the Chicago Gay Hockey Association to host a G.O.A.L. clinic at Center on Halsted in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood on Tuesday, April 20. Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people of Chicagoland, with more than 1,000 community members visiting the Center every day. All equipment from the hockey clinic was donated to the Center for use in its recreational programs.