Nashville Predators Prospect Luke Prokop Announces He’s Gay

Nashville Predators draft pick Luke Prokop — selected in the third round of the 2020 Draft — announced Monday that’s he’s gay and said in a statement that he’s “no longer scared to hide who I am.” If the 19-year-old Prokop were to make the Predators roster, he would be the first openly gay player in NHL history.

The 6-foot-5, 221-pound defenseman from Edmonton, Alberta spent the 2020-21 season playing for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League where he had six points in 15 games. The Predators released a statement Monday supporting Prokop and Gary Bettman said the league would “do everything possible to ensure that Luke’s experience is a welcoming and affirmative one and continue to work to ensure that any current or future NHL player contemplating following in his trailblazing footsteps knows our League is ready to provide full support.”

“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.

“I hope that in sharing who I am I can help other people see that gay people are welcome in the hockey community, as we work to make sure that hockey truly is for everyone,” Prokop said in his statement.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.


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  1. Does this mean every straight player needs to come out and specify who are their sex partners? If us knowing these things is important shouldn’t every player start telling us about each sexual encounter identifying the other participants in the sex act?

    Silly me, I always believed I could do my job without any reference to my sexual activity. Now though, through the wisdom of athletes and the power of sport, I FINALLY UNDERSTAND that sharing knowledge of my sexual activity is the most important thing to know about me. All those hours of study in college courses and years of experience to obtain a license to perform my occupation were unnecessary.

    I should have just mailed a list of all my sexual encounters with a blank form to the state to obtain my license. Thanks for opening my eyes.

  2. How about we have a national coming out day? 3,2, 1, go. raise your hand. post a fucking post. whatever. declare your “truth,” and let’s move the fuck on. and let’s also remove all the bullshit equity machinations. compete in the open, since that is what you want. play ball.

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