Pride Game
Saturday, April 17   3:00 PM EST   Buffalo, NY   NBC

Introduction

Teamwork, inclusion, respect, and acceptance are at the heart of hockey. On Saturday, April 17, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres came together to celebrate these defining principles in the first-ever joint Pride Game in the NHL. While our teams competed on the ice, we aimed to bring together our cities to celebrate LGBTQ+ communities, by sharing stories of inclusion, hope, and allyship.

Please review the below ways that you can support our Pride initiatives, auction, and more!

 

Game
Tickets

A limited number of Pride Game tickets were available for the April 17 match-up in Buffalo, NY. The Sabres and Penguins provided complimentary tickets to several LGBTQ+ organizations with all fans attending the game receiving a complimentary Pride Game rally towel.

Pittsburgh Penguins
Featured Nonprofits

You Can Play
In 2012, Brian and Patrick Burke helped launch the You Can Play Project, with a goal of ensuring the safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans. You Can Play achieves this by creating a community of allies that are able to foster a true sense of belonging. You Can Play was founded in honor of the late Brendan Burke – Brian’s son and Patrick’s brother.

You Can Play

Pittsburgh Tigers
The Pittsburgh Tigers are hockey fans, players and friends in the Pittsburgh area who want to create an open and supportive environment for gay, lesbian, bi, transgender and other minority hockey.  The Tigers play in leagues in the local area, participate in road tournaments, get together to watch games and just love the game of hockey.

Pittsburgh Tigers

Buffalo Sabres
Featured Nonprofits

GLYS Western New York, “Growing LGBTQ+ Youth Support”
GLYS provides a safe and positive environment for LGBTQ+ youth to learn more about themselves through peer interaction and educational experiences. The organization creates opportunities for emotional growth and community awareness. GLYS provides LGBTQ+ youth with positive role models and a safe space, while promoting positive self-esteem and the integration of these youth into the larger community. GLYS also assists youth and their families by providing resources and referrals.

GLYS Western New York

Pride Center of Western New York
The Pride Center of Western New York, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The mission of the Pride Center is to work with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for LGBTQ people to live, work and establish their families.

Pride Center of Western New York

Penguins Sabres
Joint Auction

The Penguins and Sabres hosted a 7-day joint auction in support of our LGBTQ+ communities in conjunction with Pride Game. This one-of-a-kind auction featured Pride Tape sticks from both NHL clubs, rainbow warm-up jerseys and more. The benefitting organizations included GLYS Western New York, You Can Play, Pride Center of Western New York and the Pittsburgh Tigers.

Pride
Warm-up Pucks

Both the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins hit the ice using these Pride Game warm-up pucks created exclusively for our joint game. Fans had the opportunity to purchase their own in support of the featured Penguins and Sabres organizations.

What is
Pride Tape?

Pride Tape is a badge of support from teammates, coaches, parents and pros to young LGBTQ+ players. It shows every player that they belong playing the sports they love. That we’re all on the same team. Buying Pride Tape will help support LGBTQ+ youth outreach initiatives, such as You Can Play and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. That means every roll of tape will make an impact in sports and beyond.

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Pride
Merchandise

Sabres and Penguins Pride merchandise is available online at OneBuffalo.com and PensGear.com. Represent each team as you represent the Pride community in your respective city.

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Penguins
Pride Pucks

For $25, fans had the opportunity to order a Penguins Pride Puck in support of You Can Play and the Pittsburgh Tigers. Side #1 of the Penguins Pride Puck featured a rainbow pattern, while fans were able to design Side #2 with an enclosed set of four (4) Pride decals. The decals featured messaging to celebrate the Pride community and share the allyship of our fans.

 

PRide
Panel

Watch our Pride Panel hosted by Jonas Worth with You Can Play. Panelists include Bayne Pettinger (NHL Player Agent, CAA), Alex Valvo (Referee & Former Sabres Intern), Adam Knoerzer (Pittsburgh Tigers Co-Founder & Player) and Jeff McLean (Pride Tape Founder & Owner).

GIVE 16
PRIDE HATS

In partnership with Jason Zucker’s Give16 campaign and UNRL, the Give16 Pride Hat was designed with equality, inclusion and representation in mind. This limited edition hat was available in conjunction with the Pride Game in April. Keep an eye out in case these exclusive hats drop once again!

 

Sabres
Pride Cutouts

Our joint Pride Game featured an opportunity to support the Pride Center of Western New York thanks to our Fan Cutouts! Each cutout ordered by April 9 benefitted the Pride Center of WNY. Keep an eye out during the Pride Game to see if yours is featured via the broadcast, on our social media channels or online. What was even cooler? This opportunity was open to Pens fans too!

Pride
Flags

Since the original 8-striped Pride flag was debuted in 1978, there have been several variations, the most well-known and commonly used being the six-striped flag. As our LGBTQ+ movement has become more inclusive and aware of itself, various segments have created their own flags to fly alongside the Pride flag. The warm-up jerseys for our Pride Game feature the Progress Pride Flag on the shoulder. In 2018, the Progress Pride Flag was created by Daniel Quasar to be more inclusive. Overlaying the traditional six-striped rainbow flag is a chevron design that has the black and brown stripes from the Philly Pride flag, as well as white, pink, and blue from the Trans Pride flag.

Learn More

In The
News

On April 2, the Penguins and Sabres together announced their joint Pride Game. Read each organization’s press release via these links to learn more about the partnership and game set for April 17.

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Pride
Resources

Pittsburgh Organizations

  • Pittsburgh Tigers - LGBTQ+ Hockey Team
  • Persad Center - Counseling, Training & Prevention services. Serving the LGBTQ communities and people living with HIV
  • Proud Haven - Helping LGBTQ+ youth (ages 18 - 25) and adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability in the Pittsburgh Region find resources and housing options.
  • TransYOUniting - TransYOUniting is a trans based non-profit resource organization that provides educational programs for trans folks and allies.
  • Sisters Pittsburgh - SisTers PGH is a BLACK and TRANS led non-profit organization that serves POC, trans, and nonbinary people within Southwestern PA.
  • True T Pittsburgh - Serves as a community platform for LGBTQ resource sharing, queer arts, activism, and entertainment.
  • Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Coalition - The Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Coalition is an advocacy group with a vision to develop outreach strategies and educational programs. While also empowering LGBTQ+ Individuals to become economic self-reliant and be emboldened by their civil rights.
  • Pittsburgh Equality Center - Serves as a bridge that promotes education, advocacy, and social justice for all LGBTQ+ people and allies in Western Pennsylvania.
  • Three Rivers Business Alliance - Provides opportunities, access and resources to LGBTQ+ business owners, professionals and their allies operating in the greater Pittsburgh Allegheny region.
  • Steel City Softball League - The Steel City Softball League began in 1981 and remains the longest-running LGBTQ+ sports organization in the Pittsburgh area.
  • Stonewall Alliance - An LGBTQ+ and Ally nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a unified community by offering opportunities for celebration, education, and recreation.
  • Pittsburgh Pride Group | Pride Revolution - A consortium of local LGBTQ organizations that creates movements to advance wellness, equity, and justice for LGBTQ+ people in southwestern Pennsylvania; Hosts for the 2022 Pittsburgh Pride Revolution.

Buffalo Organizations

  • Pride Center of Western New York - The mission of the Pride Center is to work with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for LGBTQ people to live, work and establish their families.
  • Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York - Offers a variety of opportunities & services for LGBTQ+ youth and their friends, ages 5-21.
  • Embrace Western New York - Dedicated to equality and fairness within Western New York and seeks to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community amongst all citizens.
  • Spectrum - Provide support, information, education, and advocacy for transitioning transsexuals and questioning transgender individuals.
  • Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus - The Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus is dedicated to producing vocal music of high quality in the rich tradition of men’s choral singing. We seek through song not only to entertain, but to enlighten. We sing to create harmony as we celebrate pride in the community and in ourselves.
  • Out Alliance/Gay Alliance - Located in Rochester, NY, the Out Alliance offers a variety of programs and services for youth, adult and elders members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Pride Niagara - A celebration of Niagara's sexual and gender diverse community and its supporters; Provides social activities and information for the LGBTQ+ Niagara Region.

National Organizations

  • You Can Play Project - Works to ensure the safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans.
  • Trevor Project - The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
  • NHL Pride Resources - The dedicated NHL Pride website provides an overview regarding building a community that welcomes and celebrates authenticity and the love of hockey.
  • Athlete Ally - Mission is to end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQI+ equality.
  • Matthew Shepard Foundation - Amplify the story of Matthew Shepard to inspire individuals, organizations and communities to embrace the dignity and equality of all people.
  • Out & Equal - The premier organization working exclusively on LGBTQ workplace equality.
  • LGBT Sports Foundation - A network of organizations and individuals committed to LGBT Sports advocacy working for equality and social change.
  • The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation - The world's first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying by connecting communities and raising funds to support those doing real-world work to eradicate bullying.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Sports Project - NCLR’s Sports Project aims to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender players, coaches, and administrators receive fair and equal treatment—free of discrimination.