When you think of charity, most of us think of football players.
But the number of people who donate to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are growing each year, and players and their families have been asked to wear clothing, like hats and sweaters, that can help them in times of need.
The league has decided that players can wear charity clothing in games and on the road, but the issue of what is considered “in keeping with tradition” will not be addressed in the future.
That’s according to former NHL players, who said they were asked to change the team’s rules on charitable clothing before the 2010-11 season.
According to a story in the Toronto Star, the issue was raised during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings, when Tampa Bay’s Brenden Morrow wore a sweater that said, “Cancer Is Not a Big Deal.”
It wasn’t until after the team went on to win the Cup that NHL officials decided to change their policy, and this season, it will be allowed.
“We made a mistake,” Lightning captain and general manager Steve Yzerman told the Star.
“It was one of those things where we thought it was cool.
But it’s going to be one of the rules.
I’m not going to sit here and say that we changed it.”
Yzerman said the players had requested that the league “put a blanket restriction on charitable apparel,” which is the most common form of clothing players wear in games.
“I’m not a big fan of blanket restrictions, but it’s something we had to do,” he said.
“I think it was a mistake to go that route.
There’s nothing wrong with it.
The problem is the blanket restriction doesn’t make a difference.”
The NHL Players’ Association and the players union were not available for comment on the Star’s story.
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” last week, Toronto Maple Leafs center Brayden Schenn also said the team “wasn’t the one who made the decision” on the issue, adding that he had no input on the changes.
“There are different levels of charities and the one that was most discussed and I think was the most debated was going to the Salvation Angels,” he told host Chuck Todd.
“That was a big one.
It was debated.
We were not the ones that made the change.”
The Salvation Army, the charity founded by Schennn’s father, has long been a source of controversy.
The Salvation Angels is an organization that helps people in need, but also has ties to the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis.
The organization was founded in the late 19th century and has long drawn ire for its ties to white supremacists and Nazis.
According of the Salvation’s website, its mission is to:”Help people and communities in need by providing clothing, hygiene products, clothing accessories, and financial assistance to people living in crisis.”
In a statement, the Salvation says it “stands behind the efforts of its staff and volunteers to assist those in need.
We support their efforts to assist in every aspect of our lives.”
The Canadian Salvation Army also distanced itself from the controversy and said in a statement that “the charitable work of the Canadian Salvation Association does not condone or endorse any type of discrimination, including, but not limited to, racial, religious or ethnic discrimination.”
“We have an open and inclusive culture of service, and we welcome anyone, regardless of their background, to come to our facilities to provide service, including those with disabilities, with a variety of skills,” the organization said.