Luke Prokop, a prospect for the Nashville Predators, appeared as gay on Monday. He is the very first gamer under contract to an NHL group to do so.

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Luke Prokop, a prospect for the Nashville Predators, came out as gay on Monday. He is the first gamer under agreement to an NHL group to do so.

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Nashville Predators possibility Luke Prokop has appeared as gay, becoming the initial active player under contract to an NHL team to do so.

“It has been fairly the journey to get to this factor in my life, but I might not be better with my choice to find out,” Prokop, 19, said in an.

“From a young age I have actually imagined being an NHL player, and I think that living my genuine life will permit me to bring my entire self to the rink and improve my opportunities of meeting my dreams,” he added.

Top-level women hockey players, such as Olympic gold champion Meghan Duggan, have formerly appeared as gay,. Till Prokop’s news Monday, no other gamer authorized to an NHL team—- had come out in the background of the professional organization.

Prokop’s group as well as organization authorities congratulated him on social networks, stating the defenseman was establishing an example for others.

“The Nashville Predators organization is happy of Luke for the nerve he is presenting in coming out today and also we will certainly support him certainly in the days, weeks, and also years to come as he remains to develop as a possibility,” the.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said thanks to Prokop for coming out and also said he really hoped more specialist hockey gamers and also employee would certainly feel comfy adequate to do the same in the future.

“We promise to do whatever possible to ensure that Luke’s experience is an inviting as well as affirmative one as well as continue to work to guarantee that any kind of existing or future NHL Gamer contemplating adhering to in his trailblazing steps understands our League prepares to provide complete assistance,”.

Prokop’s statement comes less than a month after Las vega Raiders protective end to come out as gay.

Initially from Edmonton, Canada, Prokop played the past four periods with the Western Hockey League prior to the Predators chose him as the 73rd general pick in the 2020 NHL draft.

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