Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand said he is confident a gay player would be accepted in the NHL if one decided to come out. It doesn't matter what different beliefs guys have, or where they come from, or whatever the case may be. Guys would accept it.
I told friends and family that I played hockey with the Madison Gay Hockey Association, and it became a way for me to share information about myself and identity at the time when I was actually coming out. With players among 10 teams, it's the largest gay hockey league in America. Preseason begins in September, with the season wrapping up in late March or early April.
The league conducted an investigation after microphones picked up a phrase during a game at Toronto against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Online videos appeared to implicate Rielly, but the NHL said he didn't utter a slur. The league didn't say whether the slur had been used, just that it wasn't uttered by Rielly.
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Picture of the Week. Why is there no openly gay players in the NHL? The NHL has hundreds and hundreds of players so you think by chance at least a handful would be gay.
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Originally an annual one-month campaign in February, the NHL shifted their strategy to a year-round community program for long-term engagement. NHL stakeholders guide the conversation at the league level and the campaign amplifies what NHL teams are already doing. In celebration of Pride Month this year, all 31 NHL teams participated in events including parades and festivals across North America and the League is continuing its partnership with You Can Play, an advocacy organization that fights homophobia in sports.
February 15, The overriding threat of becoming a distraction is the main barrier keeping professional hockey players from identifying publicly as gay, even though such an admission would likely accelerate a more tolerant hockey culture, according to new research out of the University of Alberta. Cheryl MacDonald, a sport sociologist who just completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the U of A, interviewed six straight former National Hockey League players and six openly gay hockey players who played at an elite level, but not the NHL. They included Brock McGillis of the United Hockey League—the only openly gay former professional hockey player in the world—to find out their attitudes about whether the NHL is ready to have one of its players come out as gay.