A lot has been happening this week, as we lead up to the NHL Draft Friday evening. However, this can’t fly under the radar, or be overshadowed by such. As of Monday, the National Hockey League has it’s first out and proud, gay, hockey player. He is an active prospect for the Nashville Predators, and at 19 he is already leaving his mark on the game. His name is Luke Prokop.
Via his personal Instagram Monday, Prokop had this to say:
“It has been quite the journey to get to this point in my life, but I could not be happier with my decision to come out,” Prokop wrote. “From a young age I have dreamed of being an NHL player, and I believe that living my authentic life will allow me to bring my whole self to the rink and improve my chances of fulfilling my dreams.” Via (ESPN https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/31843069/nashville-predators-prospect-luke-prokop-says-gay-hopes-living-authentic-life-helps-nhl-career).
In part he was also quoted saying this to the news media outlet “In that moment I said, ‘Enough is enough. I’m accepting who I am. I want to live the way I want to, and I want to accept myself as a gay man.'”
I understand that everyone may not feel comfortable with this subject, however, it is an equal moment in history, as anything else. This has never happened before in the NHL. Further, it’s incredibly hard for anyone to come out to their family and friends, let alone to be on a world stage, being he hails from Canada. To have the eyes of multiple countries on you, and still speak your truth, is pretty brave and bold. You can read more about his story, and what he hopes to accomplish in my source below.