Anders Nilsson has seen his gay friends struggle to find acceptance. He’s waving the flag to help them and others.
The Sabres goaltender has a rainbow pride flag painted on the back of his mask. He’s displaying it on the ice to raise awareness of the LGBT community and be a symbol that hockey welcomes diversity.
“I have a couple friends who are gay, and life hasn’t been easy for them growing up,” Nilsson said. “It’s time that hockey starts to pay some attention to that.”