Homosexuality in the NHL: How the Burke Family Is Supporting Players

March 6th, 2012 by Taylor Shire Leave a reply »

Are there any gay players in the NHL?

We don’t know. Nobody in the NHL has come out and publicly said they are gay.

Will there be a hockey player who comes out and openly says he is gay? How will his teammates, coaches, management, owners and fans respond if this happens?

We don’t know that either.

But if a player does happen to come out, one group, along with several big name players, are trying to help their experience.

A public service announcement recently aired on NBC during a Boston Bruins/New York Rangers game aimed at ending homophobia in sports. Some of the NHL's top players, including Henrik Lundqvist, Corey Perry, Claude Giroux, Daniel Alfredsson, Rick Nash, Joffrey Lupul, Scott Hartnell, Matt Moulson, Duncan Keith and Dion Phaneuf all appear in the video, which basically tells viewers if you can play the game, you can play the game, it doesn’t matter what your sexual preference is.

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