Players can decide what causes to support after Ivan Provorov opts out of Pride night: NHL

Flyers defenceman Ivan Provorov is in the spotlight after declining to participate in pre-game "PRIDE" themed skate

The NHL says players are free to decide which of their team’s initiatives they support.

The league’s statement comes a day after Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Ivan Provorov refused to participate in his team’s Pride Night. Provorov didn’t warm up with his teammates ahead of Philadelphia’s game against the Anaheim Ducks because of his Russian Orthodox beliefs.

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