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Canucks participate in Vancouver Pride Parade

Aug 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Vancouver Canucks Manny Malhotra and Jason Garrison joined forces with You Can Play by marching in the 34th annual Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday.

Puck Daddy’s Harrison Mooney focuses on Canucks mascot Fin’s appearance as perhaps the most noteworthy inclusion – and not for comic purposes.

Fin, the Canucks’ mascot, won’t get nearly as much attention in all this, but his involvement really puts things over the top for the Canucks. This wasn’t just a few players deciding to go on their own (although they were hardly coerced): this was an organization sending out a full delegation, making a statement against intolerance in sport as a franchise.

Interesting point by Mooney, who also shared this brief clip from the parade:

CBC News reports that “hundreds of thousands” showed up for the event on Sunday. Here are some of Malhotra’s thoughts on You Can Play.

“The idea behind You Can Play is what we as athletes strive for — to be judged based on our talent,” Malholtra said. “Hopefully we can make homophobia in sport a thing of the past.”

The Canucks’ Twitter page provided these photos from the parade:

source:  (Garrison and Malhotra)

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source:  (Fin highlights Canucks’ organizational support.)

  1. lonespeed - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Well, we all know what this means…

    It means Malholtra and Garrison obviously have better things to do than comment on the Phoenix Coyote financial issues or Doans free agency shopping.

  2. solador78 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Where are the Green Men?

    They have more team pride than anybody.

  3. jasncondit - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Glad they made it optional. Both sides should be free to have their opinions and the freedom to either approve or disapprove. No one should ever be forced to approve against their will!

    • handsofsweed - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Fair, as long as both sides do it legally and peacefully.

  4. 19inarow - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Very progressive, very courageous, and very secure with themselves. When I lose faith in hockey due to the lemming-like nature of many of its fans and writers, instances like this serve to renew some of it. Cheers.

  5. comeonnowguys - Aug 6, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Some stories troll themselves.

  6. almightgirthjoxx - Aug 6, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    wat a bunch of queers. STAY STRAIGHT. SCA

    • kitshky - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      ….says the kid who clearly has an unhealthy obsession with Crosby’s junk.

      I’ve said this before, but on a day like today I just think it bears repeating, don’t be afraid of who you are. Ya we all realize it can be tough coming out while you’re still in school but as they say … “it get’s better”.

  7. blomfeld - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    PEACE IN THE VALLEY

    The bottom line is that “those who are so” are by and large some of the most kindly people of all … I need only look to my own life, where 99% of the “wickedness” directed at me has always come from the hands of heterosexuals … therefore anyone who persecutes “those who are so” is both “cowardly and evil” in the worst possible way …

    Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then take care of my sheep … and please ensure the Kings repeat in 2013″ …

  8. latrobe21 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Sick fukkers

  9. rflashj - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Probably the team I dislike the most in all of sports, but when they do something this right I must acknowledge them. Good job, Canucks. May the Blackhawks take it a bit easier on you next season on their way to another Stanley Cup.

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