Luc Prokop – a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft – just announced that he’s gay… saying in a statement Monday: “I’m no longer afraid to hide who I am.
The 19-year-old Nashville Predators prospect continued, “It’s been quite a journey to get to this point in my life, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come out.”
Prokop – a 6-foot-4, 217-pound defenseman who currently plays in the Western Hockey League for the Calgary Hitmen – has said he hopes his truth will help him reach his goal of forming a roster in the NHL.
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“From an early age, I dreamed of being an NHL player,” said Prokop, “and I believe living my authentic life will allow me to fully thrive on the ice and improve my chances. to make my dreams come true. “
If Prokop made it to the NHL show… he would become the very first openly gay player in the league.
“I hope that by sharing who I am I can help others see that gays are welcome in the hockey community as we work to make sure hockey is really for everyone.” , said Prokop.
Predators and NHL have already issued statements in favor of Prokop … with commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday: “We are committed to doing everything possible to make Luke’s experience welcoming and positive and to continue working to ensure that any current or future NHL player who plans to follow in his forward-thinking footsteps knows. that our League is ready to provide full support. “