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Media Personality Calls Out Alex Ovechkin for Hypocrisy in Recent Remarks

Wearing pride jerseys, according to certain NHL teams, is risky since Russian players might be detained, according to recent reports. Russian athletes wearing pride jerseys are worried that they may be detained if they ever go back to their country and are caught.

The most recent team to discontinue pride jerseys because of this issue was the Chicago Blackhawks.

Several supporters dispute this, primarily since teams wear camouflage shirts during US military night with no issues. For instance, Alex Ovechkin wore a camouflage jersey to promote the US soldiers one night.

Ovechkin, who is Russian, demonstrates the double standard by donning a US military jersey, illustrating that while Russian athletes can support the US military, doing so while donning a pride jersey would then somehow be considered risky? The NHL shouldn’t use the danger of Russian persecution to prevent the use of pride jerseys, according to Andrew Berkshire, who called attention to the double standard and argued that if Ovechkin can wear the camouflage so can others wear the pride jerseys too.

The NHL believes that hockey should embrace everyone, and while it appears that some people subscribe to this message, others will use whatever excuse at their disposal to avoid displaying support for the LGBTQIA+ community on Pride Night and in pride jerseys.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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