On Friday Nov. 4 the Lindsay Muskies celebrated the first pride Night celebration in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), sponsored by Scotiabank as part of their commitment to hockey for all.
Joining in the celebration was internationally recognized Pride Tape (a sport tape company centred on inclusiveness in sport) who designed custom jerseys for the occasion that were similar to those designed for the NHL.
The jerseys and in game fundraising resulted in close to $2000 being raised for the PARN Rainbow Youth Network, supporting LGBTQ+ youth in the Kawartha Lakes.
The celebration was a reflection of the club’s commitment to community and inclusiveness, prompted by Muskies’ Head Trainer and Equipment Manager Oliver Moyer, who was highlighted on Rogers’ Hometown Hockey when they visited Lindsay last year.
Moyer has openly shared his story with the Club and players, finding that “it was something they didn’t balk at.”
Since then, Moyer has not only been recognized around the rinks, but find solace in the support from fans and the community.
“I (share my story) because of kids coming up in this community who may be able to see themselves in my story and have a better outlook on things… realize there is a place for them in sports.”
For his part, Lindsay Muskies General Manager and Head Coach Brendan O’Grady has been able to summarize the meaning of the event.
“There is more to life than just a black rubber thing. There are life lessons to learn. That’s what we preach here and with Oli a part of our association, it makes it even better.”
Although the Muskies lost 4-2 against the St. Michaels Buzzers, the spirit of the evening was strong and a true reflection our community, says a media release.