Luke Prokop made historical past on Monday.
The Predators defenseman signed an entry-level contract with Nashville in December, however maybe the larger life occasion occurred for him on July 19, when the 19-year-old got here out as homosexual, turning into the NHL’s first overtly homosexual participant.
Prokop posted a tweet asserting it:
Prokop’s assertion in full:
Hello everybody. Whereas the previous yr and a half has been loopy, it has additionally given me the possibility to search out my true self. I’m now not scared to cover who I’m.
Right now I’m proud to publicly inform everybody that I’m homosexual.
It has been fairly the journey to get up to now in my life, however I couldn’t be happier with my resolution to return out. From a younger age I’ve dreamed of being an NHL participant, and I imagine that residing my genuine life will enable me to deliver my entire self to the rink and enhance my possibilities of fulfilling my goals.
I would not have the ability to do that with out my superb household, pals, and brokers – who’ve identified this abut me and met me with love and help each step of the way in which. I hope that in sharing who I’m I will help different individuals see that homosexual individuals are welcome within the hockey neighborhood, as we work to ensure that hockey actually is for everybody.
I could also be new to the neighborhood, however I’m desirous to be taught concerning the sturdy and resilient individuals who got here earlier than me and paved the way in which so I may very well be extra snug in the present day. That is only the start of my journey and I’m excited to see the place it takes me, each in hockey and in life.
Prokop detailed his causes for popping out with The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun:
“I don’t need to need to stroll into the health club or to the world or simply to observe, and preserve pondering, ‘Who is aware of? Who does not?’ That is who I’m,” Prokop stated.
“I don’t suppose it will be an enormous subject of dialog, that’s not what I would like it to be. It is simply, ‘Hey, right here’s who I’m.’ It will get it off my chest. So I don’t have to fret and surprise about different individuals.”
Prokop, the right-shot defenseman, is projected to be a depth defenseman on the subsequent degree. He performed with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.
The NHL world supplied phrases of help for Prokop’s resolution to return out:
im so unbelievably happy with luke prokop.
i implore everybody to withstand the urge to struggle with homophobes on the tl. i get the intent, but it surely typically simply serves to platform hate. be louder together with your help than they’re with their hate💛
— offseason cate (@csa_cate) July 19, 2021