The New York Rangers did not wear Pride Night jerseys or use rainbow stick tape during warmups on Friday night, despite promoting them in ticket sales materials leading up to the game.
The Rangers promoted Pride Night to fans by saying players "will be showing their support by donning pride-themed warm-up jerseys and tape in solidarity with those who continue to advocate for inclusivity." Instead, the team wore their "Liberty Head" jerseys in warmups.
In previous seasons, the Rangers players had Pride-themed jerseys and sticks that were auctioned off after the game for charity.
The Rangers' Pride Night was held 10 days after Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov declined to take the pregame skate with his teammates because wearing the Flyers' LGBTQ+ Pride Night warmup jersey conflicted with his Russian Orthodox beliefs. Coach John Tortorella said he respected the decision, saying Provorov was "being true to himself and to his religion."