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.
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:
I am extremely proud of Luke Prokop.
I implore everyone to resist the urge to fight homophobia on tl. I get it, but it’s usually just for platform hatred. Your support is louder than their hatred💛
-Offseason Cat (@csa_cate) July 19, 2021