67’s to host ALL-IN game on Friday night
Friday night will be special inside The Arena at TD Place, as the Ottawa 67’s partner with Capital Pride to celebrate ALL-IN Night.
The night aims to show everyone they are welcome in the sport of hockey, whether it’s playing themselves, or watching their favourite 67’s players on game day, regardless of age, sexuality, race, gender identity, or ability.
“The reason we’re partnering with community organizations is to show that Pride, and diversity and inclusion extend beyond June and August,” said Cecilia White, the Director of Operations at Capital Pride. “It’s important to think about diversity and inclusion, specifically members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, in all areas of life. This shows a commitment to inclusion more broadly.”
Bringing events like ALL-IN Night to the sporting scene is incredibly important, White believes, particularly with family-oriented clubs like the Barber Poles, with the goal of fostering inclusion and acceptance among the next generation.
“Sports haven’t always been a welcoming place for members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community,” White said. “Showing there is support there makes it feel like a more welcoming place for all.”
ALL-In Night will extend further to include everyone. On the concourse, fans will find Pride resources, in addition to educational videos about blind hockey, an initiative the Barber Poles have invested themselves into over the past couple of seasons.
During the game, Ottawa Pride Hockey will have a handful of engaging segments, including some freebies for fans.
“They’ll be tossing t-shirts, and they will have the flag on the ice before the game,” White said. “Capital Pride will be there to hand out postcards with additional information for other Winter Pride activities happening this weekend.”
ALL-IN Night coincides with Winter Pride, which runs from February 9th to 11th.
“People are familiar with Summer Pride in August, but we’ve partnered with Winterlude to bring Pride programming to other parts of the year,” White said. “We have a few things on the go, including an ice parade at Lansdowne.”
With many different initiatives packed into a single night, the 67’s are excited for the opportunity to welcome their diverse fan base into The Arena at TD Place, and invite new fans into a safe and welcoming environment on Friday night.
“Times are changing, and they have been changing for a while,” White said. “Showing youth that there is a place for them in sport is important. The 67’s are invested in issues in the community, and it’s important for us [to have their support].”