The Predators’ Luke Prokop comes out and becomes the first openly gay player in the NHL

Luke Prokop made history on Monday.

The Predator guard signed an entry-level contract with Nashville in December, but perhaps the bigger life event occurred on July 19, when the 19-year-old came out as gay and became the NHL’s first public Gay players.

Prokop posted a tweet announcing it:

The full text of Prokop’s statement:

Hello everyone. Although the past year and a half have been crazy, it also gave me a chance to find who I am. I am no longer afraid to hide who I am.

Today I am proud to tell everyone publicly that I am gay.

It has been a long journey in my life to get to this point, but I am very happy with the decision to come out. I have dreamed of becoming an NHL player from a very young age, and I believe that living a real life will allow me to take my entire self to the skating rink and improve my chances of achieving my dream.

I would not have been able to do this without my amazing family, friends and agent-they knew it was by my side and met me with love and support at every step. I hope that when I share my identity, I can help others see that the hockey community welcomes gays and lesbians because we work hard to ensure that hockey is truly suitable for everyone.

I may be a newbie in the community, but I am eager to know the strong and resilient people who came here before me and pave the way for me so that I can be more comfortable today. This is just the beginning of my journey and I am very happy to see my development in hockey and life.

Thank you!

Prokop elaborated on why he came out with Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic:

“I don’t want to walk into the gym or arena, or just to practice, and then keep thinking,’Who knows? Who doesn’t?’ This is me,” Prokop said.

“I don’t think this will be a big topic, it’s not what I want. It’s just,’Hey, this is me.'” It made me wonder. So I don’t have to worry about and doubt other people. “

Prokop, a defensive player on the right, is expected to become the next level of deep defensive player. He played with WHL’s Calgary Killer.

NHL World supports Prokop’s decision to come out:



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