Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-19 10:45:37 –
NHL-minded minor league hockey player Luke Procup made a public appearance as a gay man on Monday. Athletic..
If 19-year-old Prokop finally creates the NHL roster, he will be the first active open gay player in league history.
“Talking to friends, family, coaches and agents is very special,” Procop told Athletic. “And they are very supportive and I’m okay about who I am coming out. I think it translates a lot into my summer and my summer training. Really This is the best thing I’ve ever felt in the summer, and I think most of it is due to this process I come up with. “
The Defense Procop was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2020 NHL Draft. He told athletics that he first appeared to a friend’s family in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta in March 2020.
“I was in a really comfortable place because of who I was,” Procop told Athletic. “I felt I was gay and people could start telling people that it was okay.”
He later notified Nashville front office staff, including Predators General Manager David Poil.
“I can’t thank them for supporting me,” Procop told Athletic.
Procop also said he spoke and was instructed Bain Pettinger, Former player agent that came out last year.
“The Nashville Predator organization is proud of Luke’s courage to emerge today. He will continue to grow as a prospect and will clearly support him over the next few days, weeks and years.” Sean Henry, President and CEO of Predator, said in a statement. “Our organization’s long-standing goal is equality for everyone, including the LGBTQ community, and it’s important that Luke feels part of a comfortable and inclusive environment as he advances his career. “
“We pledge to do everything possible to ensure that Luke’s experience is welcome and positive, and are now considering following his pioneering footsteps. Future NHL players will continue to work to ensure that our league is ready to provide full support, “Gary Bettman said in a statement.
Prokop follows in the footsteps of Block McGillisBecame the first former professional hockey player to appear as gay in 2016,
The Procop announcement will also take place weeks after the Las Vegas Raiders defensive end. Karl Nashib He publicly announced that he was gay and became the first active and openly gay NFL player in history.