National Hockey League

Oilers' Bear to wear name spelled out in Cree syllabics for exhibition

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear honored his Indigenous heritage by wearing his name spelled out in Cree syllabics for an exhibition game against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

"It will be an honor to wear this jersey tonight," Bear told the Oilers website prior to the game.

For Bear and the Oilers, it was the first live game action since the 2019-20 season was paused on March 12.

"As the International Chief for Treaties 6, 7 and 8, and a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, I cannot express my gratitude enough to the Edmonton Oilers and the National Hockey League for this most positive act of Reconciliation," Chief Littlechild told the Oilers website.

Ethan brings all of us great pride with his strength and natural ability to overcome challenges.

This is significant and people everywhere will be reminded when they see the syllabics on Ethan's jersey to have courage, be confident and be brave."

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