The NHL and National Hockey League Players’ Association has officially partnered with the a renowned advocacy organization working to evade homophobia in sports called You Can Play Project. Philadelphia Flyers scout, Patrick Burke, founded ‘ The You Can Play Project’ in March 2013 in memory his younger brother, Brendan Burke, who was also the son of former NsHL GM Brian Burke.
Brendan Burke revealed his homosexuality to his family in 2007 and later passed away due to a car accident in 2010, while he was working as a student manager and video assistant for the men’s hockey team at Miami (Ohio) University. Patrick Burke mentioned in a statement that “the NHL sets the standard for professional sports when it comes to LGBT outreach and we are incredibly grateful for their help and support.” He added that “we will work with League and NHLPA officials, teams and players to ensure that we create a more inclusive hockey community at all levels.”
NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, mentioned in a statement at the same occasion, that “our motto is ‘Hockey Is For Everyone,’ and our partnership with You Can Play certifies that position in a clear and unequivocal way.” He explained that “while we believe that our actions in the past have shown our support for the LGBT community, we are delighted to reaffirm through this joint venture with the NHL Players’ Association that the official policy of the NHL is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker-rooms and in the stands.”
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