For those who are avid readers of the site, you’ve probably seen countless postings about You Can Play. With the vast majority of the NHL rallying behind the program, it comes as no surprise to see the league changing it’s colors today. For those who are unaware, today is Spirit Day, a day where Americans show support for anti bullying and LGBT youth.
Sure players drop the gloves and bully each other on the ice, but off the ice is a completely different story. You Can Play offers the simple mindset “if you can play, you can play.” By now, it’s no secret that players across the league have thrown their support behind You Can Play and all that it stands for.
One team in particular has been placed in the spotlight. The Philadelphia Flyers have been a constant supporter in the LGBT movement and understandably so. You Can Play founder Patrick Burke, is also a scout for the organization. Today the Flyers will set their black and orange color scheme aside and turn purple in support.
Many teams at all levels will be “going purple” today, the NHL is just one small player in the grand scheme of ever growing support.