The New York Islanders are the first NYC NHL team to host a Pride Night, and the NYC Gay Hockey Association has worked with the Islanders and the Barclays Center to make this a memorable occasion. We have booked a block of tickets in the lower bowl in sections 111-121 for the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. In addition, the NYC Gay Hockey Association will host a scrimmage on the Islanders’ ice at 2:30 p.m., and we will have a pregame gathering at McMahon’s Public House from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Why is Pride Night so important?

As this is the first NHL Pride Night in NYC, we need to have a large presence at the game to show the area sports franchises that it’s worth their efforts to invest in the LGBTQ community and its organizations. Hockey has been at the forefront of the equality movement, and the Islanders were one of the teams whose players appeared in the first You Can Play video. If you’re skating in the scrimmage, we hope you’ll use your extra ticket to introduce a friend to hockey, or to bring somebody who will appreciate the magnitude of this event. If you’re not, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to attend an NHL game in NYC with our organization. This is how we can show our appreciation for their recognition of the LGBTQ community.

How do I get tickets for the game?

Go to our online registration form, enter your personal information and the number of tickets you would like. Tickets are $57, and there is no service fee. For each ticket purchased through our online form, the Islanders will donate $5 to the Ali Forney Center, the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youth in the country.
Updated 1/29: The ability to purchase tickets through our site is now closed. However, you can still purchase tickets with the group at https://groupmatics.events/event/IslandersPrideNight.

What are the details on the scrimmage?

We have the ice at the Barclays Center from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Each bench will have 18 skaters and 2 goalies. The scrimmage will be refereed, and we will have a time/scorekeeper. Teams will be determined before the scrimmage, and you will be given either a light or a dark jersey and socks.
Updated 1/16: Skaters should plan to bring skate guards as we may need to walk across unpadded areas to get from our dressing area to the rink. Also, all participants must bring a signed waiver to be allowed on the ice or the benches. We will email a copy of the waiver to you as soon as we receive it; please have it with you or you will not be allowed to skate.

How do I play in the scrimmage?

Registration for the scrimmage was announced at our holiday party, and it sold out before the party ended.

I’m not playing in the scrimmage, but I still want to watch. How do I get in?

Spectators can enter the Barclays Center through the Emblem Health Entrance on Atlantic Avenue. You do not need to show your game ticket to watch the scrimmage. Seating for the scrimmage is in the lower bowl. Updated 1/16: Sections 7-9 behind the benches will be made available for people to watch the scrimmage.

What are we doing between the scrimmage and the game?

We are making a reservation at McMahon’s Public House (39 5th Ave., a block away from Barclays) for 4:30 p.m. We anticipate being in the upstairs room. We will have a cash bar, and there will be a limited menu (including at least one vegan option) for $22 per person. The Barclays Center opens for the game at 6 p.m., so we will head back between 6 and 6:15 p.m. If you’d like to attend, please select Yes on the sign-up form, and indicate any guests you might bring in the next field on the form.
Updated 1/16: We have the private upstairs room reserved from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. If you want to join us, the cost is $25 per person. Sign-up here. This gets you access to a buffet with three entrees (including one vegan option), salad, and coffee/tea, as well as a cash bar. Only those who pay for the buffet will have access to the upstairs bar; you are free to gather downstairs if you don’t want dinner. If you and your guests would like to join us for dinner, please RSVP with the number attending by Wednesday, Feb. 1, and we will bill you for the dinner so we don’t have to be exchanging and counting money that night.

What should I wear?

We are printing a souvenir Pride Night jersey if you would like to identify yourself as part of the NYC Gay Hockey Association when we’re in the stands. If you’d like to purchase this, indicate the number of jerseys you’d like under “Souvenir Pride Night Jersey” on the sign-up form.
Updated 1/16: Pride Night jerseys are now sold out.

When do I get my tickets?

Tickets will be distributed electronically prior to the event.
Updated 1/16: You will receive your tickets electronically on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Where do we change for the scrimmage?

The Barclays Center will provide changing rooms and showers for us. We will meet at 1:45 p.m. at the Emblem Health Entrance on Atlantic Ave. to be escorted to the changing rooms.
Updated 1/16: Due to some issues with previous events at Barclays Center, showers will no longer be provided.

What do we do with our equipment during the Islanders game?

The Barclays Center will store our equipment following the scrimmage. You’ll be able to retrieve your gear after the game.

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