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James Reimer will not wear a Pride jersey for Sharks Pride Night.
He is the only Sharks player who will not wear the Pride jersey in warmups on Saturday night at SAP Center.
The goaltender will not participate in warmups, and Kaapo Kahkonen will start against the New York Islanders. Reimer will be active as Kahkonen’s backup.
The Sharks and Reimer both released statements. Reimer, along with captain Logan Couture and head coach David Quinn, spoke with the media after these statements.
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These are their statements, in full:
Per the Sharks: “Continuing a long-standing commitment of allyship with the LGBTQIA+ community, Sharks Sports & Entertainment is extremely proud to host our 2023 Sharks Pride Night. This week’s events, culminating with tonight’s game against the New York Islanders, reinforce our organization’s values and dedication to an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for all guests in each of our venues."