San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer will not participate in Pride Night on Saturday, citing his faith as the reason.
The team is planning to have players wear warmup jerseys “with crest and patch artwork specific for Sharks Pride Night and designed by local artist,” according to a team statement. Reimer is not expected to be on the ice for warmups.
Reimer told reporters Saturday he began thinking about how he would handle his Pride Night decision last season, when he was injured and did not participate in the Sharks’ Hockey is For Everyone Night.
“There’s a bunch of teams starting to wear them and I just came to the conviction through my faith that it went against what I believe the Bible says,” he said. “I don’t want to really go into too much detail about the behind-the-scenes stuff. But it’s something that I tried to do my due diligence and just came to the fact that the best way to stand up for what I believe in was just to not wear the jersey and then to try and make this as loving and least offensive as possible.”