One Equal World

You Can Play makes PSA with NHL stars

Posted on: March 16, 2012

In honor of Brendan Burke, brother of Patrick Burke (scout for the Philadelphia Flyers) and the son of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, NHL’s biggest stars are taking to the airwaves.

Rick Nash, Duncan Keith, Corey Perry, Dion Phaneuf and Henrik Lundqvist, among others, have been featured in a public service announcement which is pushing for equality within the sport no matter what a person’s sexual orientation.  As part of the “You Can Play” project, over 30 NHL players have taped spots with simple messages regarding equality, mostly about how they care about having the best teammates and how they don’t care if those teammates are gay or straight.

“That plays no role in whether or not they would accept their teammate and that they would all be welcoming and supportive of an openly gay teammate,” Patrick Burke told The Canadian Press.

Given the casual discrimination that usually exists within sports, these messages are a welcome change.  Hopefully they will help young LGBT kids understand that there is no reason they can’t go into sports just like everyone else.

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