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June 9, 2022

News Release – Seattle Pride Classic presented by Symetra brings inclusion and diversity to center ice for a weekend of hockey and LGBTQ pride

Second annual event on June 18 & 19 aims to grow the game, create the most inclusive pride hockey tournament in the country

by Jamie Hudson / NBC Sports

June 28, 2021

Seattle Pride Hockey Association committed to inclusiveness in the Pacific NW 

The Seattle Pride Hockey Association, also known as SPHA, is a Seattle nonprofit organization which is geared towards the growth of ice hockey through diversity and inclusion.

One of the league’s motto is “anyone over age 18 with an open mind and a love for hockey is welcome.”   

We caught up with co-founders Steven Thompson and Joey Gale earlier this month to find out more.

by Crystal PaulThe Seattle Times

October 24, 2021

Hockey has long been dominated by white men. These players hope to create a more inclusive future for the sport 

The first-ever Seattle Pride Classic bringing together LGBTQ+ hockey players and allies was held this year at Olympicview Arena. (Chris Mast / Seattle Kraken)

Rainbow-colored tape flashed on the blades of hockey sticks as they struck the ice. On players’ helmets, pronouns were written next to their names — he/him, she/her, they/them. Players competed under the banners of teams named after LGBTQ+ icons like “Team Marsha P. Johnson,” “Team Harvey Milk,” and “Team Laverne Cox.” 

Last June, LGBTQ+ and allied players competed at the first Seattle Pride Classic hockey tournament at Olympic View Arena in Mountlake Terrace. The tournament was dreamed up by Steven Thompson and Joey Gale, founders of the Seattle Pride Hockey Association (SPHA)

by Andy EideSeattle Kraken /

June 23, 2021

Days of ‘Pride’

The first annual Seattle Pride Hockey Classic, presented by Symetra, staged this past weekend, was a huge success from round-robin to championship game judging from smiles, handshake and camaraderie

Thanks to a ferocious four-goal third period at Olympic View Ice Arena in Mountlake Terrace on Sunday, Team Marsha came back for a 5-3 victory over Team Edie to win the first-ever Symetra Cup during the weekend’s Seattle Pride Classic, presented by Symetra.

It was a tough defeat for Team Edie, but you wouldn’t know it afterward. There were nothing but smiles, and some exhaustion, when the two teams shook hands and posed for pictures at center ice.

by Chris FrancisKIRO 7 News

June 20, 2021

Seattle Pride Hockey – all about inclusion!

The Seattle Kraken debut is just over 100 days away and local hockey fans are gearing up. In an effort to include EVERYONE in the great game the Seattle Pride Hockey Association recently held their first hockey classic.
Check out the story – more to come in the weeks and months ahead!

by William

June 16, 2021

Seattle Pride Hockey Classic striving for inclusiveness

Kraken supporting two-day event promoting participation by LBGTQ+ community, others

Steven Thompson didn’t know what to expect when he began playing hockey in Seattle four years ago.

“I was very nervous and afraid of the unknown,” he said. “What kind of people would I come across? What kind of personalities, attitudes? Being a gay player, I didn’t know what to expect.”

by Bob Condor / Seattle Kraken /

June 16, 2021

‘Pride’ Preview

Almost here and long anticipated, the first annual Seattle Pride Classic presented by Symetra skates into existence this weekend. Four teams, 56 players, hundreds of likely fans, two co-founders and a Kraken team broadcaster will mark the occasion

It is now just days until the first puck drop of this weekend’s first-ever Seattle Pride Classic presented by Symetra, but the hockey event is years in the making.

by Bob Condor / Seattle Kraken /

June 10, 2021

Summer ‘Classic’

The first-ever Seattle Pride Classic 2021, presented by Symetra is happening June 19 and 20 to drop the puck a few days early on our sunniest season. It will be a bright weekend for SPHA’s founders and participants

Last June, Steven Thompson and Joey Gale were standing down on holding the first-ever Seattle Pride Hockey Association invitational event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the co-founders of SPHA were far from standing still.

by Bob Condor / Seattle Kraken /

June 1, 2021

Shared ‘Pride

June represents a month to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community for its history, ‘new wins for equality’ and an inaugural Seattle Pride Hockey Association tournament

As Seattle and the region prepares for a month-long Pride celebration of our LGBTQIA+ community, anchored by a two-day Seattle Pride virtual “Resilience” event June 26 and 27, the Kraken, in partnership with First Founding Partner Symetra, will keep pace with the festivities.

by Bob Condor / Seattle Kraken /

June 28, 2020

Seattle Pride Skates into Play

As co-founder of the new Seattle Pride Hockey Association, Steven Thompson is well-equipped to stand for inclusion in the sport at the local level

As a school kid growing up in Seattle, Steven Thompson’s dad took him to see Seattle Thunderbirds games in the Western Hockey League, including any number on the Seattle Center campus. He remembers his dad most always purchased seats along the front-row glass, making it tradition for Thompson to bang on the glass when T-Birds skated his way. 

by Bob Condor / Seattle Kraken /

June 23, 2020

Celebrating Pride

NHL Seattle to team up with Symetra, Seattle Pride Hockey Association and You Can Play for a roundtable discussion on the nature of allyship, inclusivity in hockey and more

As a warmup for the upcoming virtual “Together for Pride” weekend here in the city, NHL Seattle and its first founding partner, Symetra, will present an online “Pride Roundtable” that will be posted Wednesday. 

The discussion covers NHL Seattle’s work with the LGBTQ+ community in the Pacific Northwest, insightful perspective from local LGBTQ+ hockey players, plans for the new Seattle Pride Hockey Association and a must-watch conversation about allyship as it applies to our lives in 2020.

Expanding the LGBTQ+ Conversation

As the this June’s Pride celebration goes virtual, NHL Seattle and partner organizations look for deeper, year-round engagement with underrepresented communities

Seattle is known for many things: Jimi Hendricks, coffee, the Space Needle and one day it’s new NHL team. The city is also known for its Pride celebration, according to You Can Play director of partnerships and development, Jonas Worth. All the more reason when he first met with NHL Seattle last November, he was adamant the club foster relationships with local organizations. 

“I said, ‘Look, when we come in, it’s not going to be about You Can Play,” says Worth. “It’s gonna be about the local LGBTQ organizations that you connect with and you [must] have a year-round commitment to them.” 

Boston’s LGBT flag football league photo from Fall 2009  | Patrick Lentz

May 8, 2020

With LGBT sports leagues canceled, we lose camaraderie and community

Tens of thousands of LGBT people participate in sports leagues across the country, where they find friendship and comfort.

It was one of the most monumental nights of Karleigh Webb’s life, and her softball family offered a toast. That day, Webb’s name change became legal, representing an enormous step in her transition. Prior to Webb’s entrance into the Southern New England Friendship League — Connecticut’s only surviving LGBT softball league — she says many league members had never met a trans person. Then the New England Barracudas entered the mix. The league’s newest team featured six trans players, and after playing like the 1962 Mets when they first stepped onto the field, they reached the playoffs last season. The winning felt great, but most of all, Webb savored her new community.

Joey Gale with his stick wrapped in Pride Tape.

July 4, 2019

A gay hockey player uses Pride Tape to ‘queer’ his space and his sport

Joey Gale made a statement with his rainbow-colored tape at an adult league All-Star game. ‘Who’s got the gay tape?’ one teammate asked.

One of my closest college mentors passed on a lesson that has stayed with me since my years at Drake University. “Regardless of how big or small, do something every day to queer the space around you.” 

I’ve carried this charge with me into my professional career since graduating. But it’s the pushback and challenges against it in the hyper-masculine sport of hockey that has taught me so much more.