Press

Check out Seattle Pride Hockey Association and its supporters in the articles below.

For Press inquiries, or if you are interested in meeting with us, please email Press@SeattlePrideHockey.org or call (206) 627-0005.


by Bob Condor / Seattle Kraken/ NHL.com/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 / NHL.com/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.


by Erica L. Ayala / @elindsay08 / NHL.com/Kraken

June 22, 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.