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Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop becomes first under NHL contract player to come out as gay

On Monday, Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first active player under an NHL contract to come out as gay.

Prokop, 19, made the announcement in an Instagram post:


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“It has been quite the journey to get to this point in my life, but I could not be happier with my decision to come out,” Prokop wrote. “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.”

No NHL player, active or retired, has come out publicly.

Prokop, a 6-foot-4 right-handed defenseman from Edmonton, Alberta, was selected in the third round by the Predators in the 2020 NHL draft. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Predators in December and played last season for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, where he was an alternate captain.

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