Hockey is for everyone.
Mats Zuccarello has been named the New York Rangers’ You Can Play ambassador. Former Ranger Brian Boyle will serve as the Lightning’s YCP ambassador.
From the league’s press release:
This season, NHL Clubs have designated one player to be a You Can Play ambassador, being a leader in the locker room and in the community on diversity, equality, and inclusion. Additionally, select Clubs will designate one home game as a You Can Play night, celebrating members of the local LGBTQ community with ceremonial puck drops, anthem singers, features on hometown heroes, and ‘Pride Tape’ will be used during pregame warm up.
The You Can Play project is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the LGBTQ community and fighting homophobia in sports.
"Our Clubs, our players and our fans are committed to welcoming everyone to hockey," NHLCommissioner Gary Bettman said. "While the NHL family strives for diversity and inclusiveness all year long, February is Hockey Is For Everyone month, which will highlight, on a daily basis, the many ways our sport brings greater attention, heightened awareness and broader opportunities."
The Rangers’ logo is marked on the #hockeyisforeveryone calendar of events for February 5th, which is when the Blueshirts host the Calgary Flames at the Garden. That appears to be the only time the Rangers will be involved in festivities this month, other teams show up on the calendar with much great frequency. The Flyers, for example, appear nine times on the calendar.