by Ryan Gaydos / Fox News
Luke Prokop, a defenseman in the Nashville Predators organization, revealed Monday he is gay. He is believed to be the first active player with an NHL contract to come out as gay.
The 19-year-old made the announcement on Instagram.
“Hi everyone. While the past year and a half has been truly crazy, it has also given me the chance to find my true self. I am no longer sacred to hide who I am,” he wrote. “Today I am proud to publicly tell everyone that I am gay.
“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. 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.”
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