Blue Jackets to celebrate diversity, inclusion through ‘Hockey Is For Everyone’ night

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets will host a “Hockey Is For Everyone” night in a celebration of diversity and inclusion during their matchup against the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

The night will include themed recognitions, fundraisers and a giveaway of a Blue Jackets runner’s buff, courtesy of VORYS, to the first 10,000 fans in attendance.

During pregame warmups, Blue Jackets players will use rainbow-colored Pride tape on sticks and practice with “Hockey Is For Everyone” warm-up pucks.

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The club will then auction off sticks signed by the players. Proceeds will benefit the You Can Play Project and its efforts to promote safety and inclusion of all in sports — including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans.

Fans can bid on the sticks by texting CBJAUCTION to 76278 or visiting www.cbjauction.givesmart.com. The auction opens at noon on Feb. 7 and closes at the end of the 2nd intermission of the Feb. 8 game.

A limited quantity “Hockey Is For Everyone” pucks used during warmups will be on sale for $40 at the Blue Jackets Foundation kiosk.

Pregame activities also include members of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus accompanying Blue Jackets anthem singer Leo Welsh to perform the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Blue Jackets will also participate in an on-ice, pregame introduction of players representing a variety of programs including Ohio Warriors Sled Hockey, Special Hockey, Columbus Ohio Gay Lesbian Ally Hockey Association, Columbus Ice Hockey Club, girls’ hockey, adult hockey, high school hockey and youth hockey.

Kids from Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services will also have a chance to greet Blue Jackets players as they take the ice and intermissions will showcase Sled Hockey and Special Hockey scrimmages.