Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop is now the first NHL player with an official active contract to be openly gay. In a statement posted Monday morning on Twitter, the Calgary Hitmen defender shared his truth with the world for the first time.
Less than a month later Carl Nassib Became the first active NFL player to come out as gay, Prokop’s announcement surprised the hockey world as the first NHL player to hit the field. The sport of hockey has its share of gay athletes for many years, but Prokop was the first company with an NHL contract.
This is Prokop’s statement on Twitter announcing the news.
– luke prokop (@ lukeprokop_6) July 19, 2021
In the statement, Prokop said he hopes “that in sharing [he] Was [he] can help others see that gay people are welcome in the hockey community, as we work to make sure that hockey is really for everyone. “
Prokop also spoke with ESPN’s Emily Kaplan on Monday about his decision to take the field and what it means for him and the hockey world at large.
“I can finally breathe and exhale and show the world the real me.”
– ESPN (@espn) July 19, 2021
Hockey fans, teams and members of the media expressed their support on Twitter for Prokop and his incredibly brave and courageous decision to put himself out there and live. his life proudly.
what a day !! so happy for luke prokop!! we can only dream that one day announcements like this won’t be “breaking news” and just part of the norm. very happy for luke, everyone should have the right to be themselves!! Hockey is for everyone
– Igor Larionov II (@Igor_LarionovII) July 19, 2021
– Tyson Barrie (@tysonbarrie) July 19, 2021
– John Tavares (@91Tavares) July 19, 2021
– Jacob Trouba (@JacobTrouba) July 19, 2021
– Kurtis Gabriel (@kurtisgabriel) July 19, 2021
– Nick Foligno (@NickFoligno) July 19, 2021
– Oliver Ekman-Larsson (@OEL23) July 19, 2021
Welcome to the family. You are truly an amazing person.
So proud of you Luke ❤️ https://t.co/7LJkAJKvuC
– Brock McGillis (@brock_mcgillis) July 19, 2021
This takes tremendous courage and you have become a pioneer that lights the way for others to become who they are without fear of isolation or rejection. Thank you, @ lukeprokop_6 !! The first player under the NHL contract to debut was gay. Sending all the love to you and yours! 🌈🏒 https://t.co/C3IXEEizQz
– Jamie Hersch (@JamieHersch) July 19, 2021
– Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) July 19, 2021
– Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) July 19, 2021
The moment is really important for hockey, and it takes a lot of courage for Prokop to come out on his own like this. Really hope he finds his way to the NHL. https://t.co/XUqtjdbt5w
– Charlie O’Connor (@charlieo_conn) July 19, 2021
Knowing that there’s a kid out there watching prokop and his courage to step out onto the pitch and perhaps not feel alone anymore is just too amazing. This is an important moment for the sport and pro in general, I can’t wait to see Luke excel in everything he does.
– chance 🏻 (@tpwkchance) July 19, 2021
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