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NHL, NHLPA announce partnership with You Can Play

Apr 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

You Can Play

The NHL and NHLPA have formed a partnership with the You Can Play Project, an organization that’s “dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.”

“The NHL sets the standard for professional sports when it comes to LGBT outreach and we are incredibly grateful for their help and support,” said Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke, the founder of the You Can Play Project. “We will work with League and NHLPA officials, teams and players to ensure that we create a more inclusive hockey community at all levels.”

Said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: “Our motto is ‘Hockey Is For Everyone,’ and our partnership with You Can Play certifies that position in a clear and unequivocal way. 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.”

“NHL players have supported the You Can Play Project since its inception, which we are pleased to formalize and expand upon with today’s announcement,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “The players believe our partnership with the NHL and You Can Play will foster an inclusive hockey environment from the grassroots level to the professional ranks.”

From the press release:

You Can Play will conduct seminars at the NHL’s rookie symposium to educate young prospects on LGBT issues. In addition, You Can Play will make its resources and personnel available to each individual team as desired.

The NHLPA and NHL also will work with You Can Play to integrate the project into their Behavioral Health Program, enabling players to confidentially seek counseling or simply ask questions regarding matters of sexual orientation.

  1. dipspit55 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Sean Avery would appreciate this

  2. comeonnowguys - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Well, they can’t handle this any worse than the NFL. It kind of takes the pressure off of them.

  3. steelpenbucs87 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Good for them – well done NHL.

    So for those keeping score at home, this raises the number of things Gary Betteman has done correctly to… well one.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    This is gay

    • mizbinboston - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Hey kiddo, the 90’s just called. In addition to the phrase “That’s gay,” they would also like to inform you Nirvana’s front man is dead (god rest his soul), the plaid you’re wearing will go over much better with the current hipster crowd if you throw it in the dryer and shrink it–extra points if you can grow an ironic yet slight 1920’s ‘stash–and slap on a Hartford Whalers cap at a jaunty angle.
      Feel free to argue your idiotic and perhaps re tarded statements with me. I completely apologize to and sympathize for your caretakers.

    • mizbinboston - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      There can be only one, and it sure as hell isn’t you.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM


  6. mp1131211 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Always been proud to be a hockey fan. Even more so now.

    • tampabayirish - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM


  7. kyzslew77 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    The best part of the video is Brian Burke making the tough guy face. GRRRRRRRR I WAS A TERRIBLE GM

  8. mizbinboston - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:24 PM


  9. nicknyhc - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Glad to see the NHL is doing everything they can to make Sidney Crosby feel comfortable in the locker room after she returns from her sex change operation.

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