The NHL’s statement regarding inclusive actions is shocking. “Clubs decide whom to celebrate.”But we know there are owners who’ve spent their whole careers fighting against LGBTQ+ and women’s rights. This language opens the door for hate, and closes the door on equity. pic.twitter.com/dkE7Pt8njn — Ian Kennedy (@IanKennedyCK) January 18, 2023
Meanwhile, hockey fans reacted by buying up Provorov’s jersey.
This statement also doesn’t surprise me because the NHL from both an organizational and and player standpoint still contains so much hate. I’m so angered and frustrated that they consistently refuse to change, so they endorse a homophobic player and his coach defending him https://t.co/9RNkKfzhFx— DeBinksMethod👑 (@BinksMethod) January 18, 2023
The defenseman was also showered with praise by many Twitter users, who commended him for not bending the knee to left-wing mobs. Numerous commenters called Provorov “courageous” for refusing to compromise his Christian beliefs.
Ivan Provorov’s jersey is now completely sold out on NHL Shop and Fanatics with the exception of extra smalls. pic.twitter.com/qEb3qF0IIN— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 19, 2023
NHL player Ivan Provorov, a devout Russian Orthodox Christian, refused to wear his team’s pride jersey Tuesday. He said he made a choice to stay true to himself & his faith.This is what courage looks like. pic.twitter.com/5GmIyYPlze — Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 18, 2023
The NHL is notorious for its groupthink.That’s why unlike other major leagues, there are very few outspoken professing Christians in the NHL. So that makes Ivan Provorov’s refusal to wear “Pride Night” jerseys even more courageous. Pray for him.pic.twitter.com/b4LH7DphHt — Samuel Sey (@SlowToWrite) January 18, 2023
Philadelphia Flyers NHL player Ivan Provorov refuses to wear a rainbow jersey during “Pride Night” due to his faith“My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion.” Courage. We need more of this pic.twitter.com/cWMu2OcSJ9 — Martin (@uarethesolution) January 19, 2023
Many Twitter users torched the rank hypocrisy of “tolerant liberals.”
All Christians must refuse to give in to those who seek to force everyone to reject the clear teaching of the Bible. Pray for Provorov and others who are targeted for their Christian beliefs that God will grant them the resilience to continue to stand firm https://t.co/qbjNSkRNZv— Standing for Freedom Center (@freedomcenterlu) January 19, 2023
Canadian TV host says the @NHL should “fine the Flyers a billion dollars” and “attack” Christian player Ivan Provorov for not wearing a gay pride jersey. So much for tolerance. pic.twitter.com/mFTbJhfhZ2— Caleb Parke (@calebparke) January 18, 2023
NHL Network left-wing media activist E.J. Hradek says that if Ivan Provorov doesn’t wanna wear a silly rainbow/pride jersey he should leave America, go back to Russia and fight against #Ukraine. The tolerant left. pic.twitter.com/eorwqOXMiu— The Sly Show🇺🇲 (@theslyshow) January 19, 2023
At a time when bowing to peer pressure is the norm, it’s encouraging that there are brave individuals such as Provorov who stand by their principles and refuse to submit to mob bullying. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
NHL player, Ivan Provorov, boycotted pride night due to his religious beliefs.You don’t see Christians calling for “Christian night” with crosses on jerseys. Why is it okay to not respect his religious beliefs? I stand with him. #nhl #IvanProvorov pic.twitter.com/GNMfFTbLQz — David Medina 🦫🇺🇸 (@davidmedinaofa) January 18, 2023