Calgary Hitmen player Luke Prokop comes out as gay in Twitter statement

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Calgary Hitmen subordinate and NHL imaginable Luke Prokop is “no longer frightened to hide” who helium is, and announced connected Twitter Monday that helium is gay.

“While this twelvemonth and a fractional has been crazy, it has besides fixed maine the accidental to find my existent self,” Prokop said successful a connection posted online, accompanied by hearts successful the colour of the rainbow.

“Today I americium arrogant to publically archer everyone that I americium gay.”

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The defenceman said he’s been connected “quite a journey” to get to this point, but that helium “could not beryllium happier” successful deciding to travel retired publicly.

“From a young property I person dreamed of being an NHL player, and I judge that surviving my authentic beingness volition let maine to bring my full aforesaid to the rink and amended my chances of fulfilling my dreams.”

The Edmonton-born 19-year-old thanked his family, friends and agents for their enactment done his journey, saying they’ve met him with “love and enactment each measurement of the way.”

“I anticipation that successful sharing who I americium I tin assistance different radical spot that cheery radical are invited successful the hockey community, arsenic we enactment to marque definite that hockey is genuinely for everyone.

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“I whitethorn beryllium caller to the assemblage but I americium anxious to larn astir the beardown and resilient radical who came earlier maine and paved the mode truthful I could beryllium much comfy today.”

Luke Prokop #6 of the Calgary Hitmen sits connected the seat and hams it up for the camera during 3rd play against the Kelowna Rockets astatine Prospera Place connected February 17, 2020 successful Kelowna. Getty Images

Prokop was selected 73rd wide by the Nashville Predators successful the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

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In a connection posted to Twitter, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the enactment was arrogant of Prokop for “sharing his information and being truthful brave.”

“I stock his anticipation that these announcements tin go much fashionable successful the hockey community,” Bettman said.

“LGBTQ players, coaches and unit tin lone execute astatine their implicit champion if they unrecorded their lives arsenic their afloat and existent selves. We bash not instrumentality the meaning and value of his announcement lightly.”

Statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman connected Luke Prokop’s (@lukeprokop_6) determination to publically travel retired arsenic gay: pic.twitter.com/4S7rWI872W

— NHL (@NHL) July 19, 2021

Bettman said the NHL is committed to doing “everything imaginable to guarantee Luke’s acquisition is simply a welcoming and affirmative one,” and ensuring immoderate existent oregon aboriginal players who privation to travel successful Prokop’s “trailblazing footsteps” knows the league volition afloat enactment them.

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Last month, Las Vegas Raiders antiaircraft extremity Carl Nassib was the archetypal NFL subordinate to travel retired arsenic openly gay.

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