— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 13, 2017
The NHL is celebrating “Hockey is for Everyone” this month. Various players and teams around the league have used rainbow-themed tape around their hockey sticks. Last week, the Capitals hosted Women’s hockey player Fatima Al Ali from the United Arab Emirates as part of the celebration.
Now, goalie Braden Holtby will continue the theme by wearing a custom hockey mask to show his support for both “Hockey is for Everyone” and “You Can Play.”
Holtby will serve as the Capitals’ team ambassador for “You Can Play,” as a leader in the locker room and in the community on diversity, equality, and inclusion. His mask will include both causes logos. The mask will also be auctioned off to benefit the causes. Holtby has championed equality through various efforts, including marching in last year’s Capital Pride Parade to support the LGBTQ community.
Holtby will dawn the mask on Feb. 24, the Capitals’ next home game. Select Capitals will practice using the rainbow-colored “Pride Tape” at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex the previous day on Feb. 23.