San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer won't take part in pre-game warmups, saying the team's decision to wear Pride-themed jerseys in support of the LGBTQ community runs counter to his religious beliefs.
The Manitoba-born goalie, who got his start playing minor hockey in the small town of Arborg, said in a statement Saturday that he made the decision based on his Christian beliefs, adding that he "always strived to treat everyone with respect" and that members of the LGBTQ community should be welcome in hockey. "In this specific instance, I am choosing not to endorse something that is counter to my personal convictions, which are based on the Bible, the highest authority in my life," Reimer said.
A statement from Goaltender, James Reimer: <a href="https://t.co/GwhWxhbmb4">pic.twitter.com/GwhWxhbmb4</a> Reimer is the second NHL player this season to refuse to take part in warmups with Pride-themed jerseys, with Philadelphia's Ivan Provorov declining to in January.
Reimer was not slated to start in Saturday night's home game against the New York Islanders, which is Pride night. Additionally, the New York Rangers opted not to wear Pride jerseys or use Pride stick tape as part of their night in January despite previously advertising that plan.Read more on cbc.ca