COVENTRY Blaze will take part in the inaugural league-wide Pride Weekend in January next year, in support of the ‘You Can Play‘ project.
Joining the rest of the Elite Ice Hockey League in supporting the cause, Blaze’s fixture against Nottingham Panthers on Sunday January 26 at the Skydome Arena will help raise awareness for the equality and safety of all players, fans and officials within the game.
Chairman of the EIHL, Tony Smith, said that it was a defining moment for the league, and believes it will help continue the work already being done by clubs to eradicate homophobia from sport.
“Several of our teams have held their own individual events during past seasons, but I am delighted that we’ll carry this important message across the EIHL,” he said.
“We are very proud to have a diverse fanbase across ice hockey in the UK.
“Our fans showed at the play-off finals weekend that inclusivity is something they value in our sport, and we want everyone to feel welcome whenever they’re in our arenas or attending our events.”
Meanwhile, the club have announced that tickets for the three pre-season games at the Skydome Arena are now on sale.
Blaze do battle against Nottingham Panthers on Sunday August 25 (5.30pm) for the Aladdin Cup, before hosting Manchester Storm on Wednesday (August 28) and Guildford Flames the following Saturday (August 31).
To purchase tickets for the three warm-up fixtures, either head to www.coventryblaze.co.uk or call the Skydome Arena box office on 02476 630693 (option 0).