Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/11/07 at 11:59 AM ET
from Wayne Fish of Philly Burbs,
“We are definitely not ready for that yet.’‘
By “that,’’ a player on the Flyers was referring to the possibility of an active player in the NHL coming out of the closet….
“We’re not to that point yet,’’ the Flyer player said. “You still hear racial stuff out there from time to time (among players and from the stands).’‘
The Flyer player said he believes he has played alongside gay players during his career but it never became an issue in day-to-day coexistence.
In his opinion, it’s only a matter of time until a retired hockey player makes an announcement similar to Amaechi’s.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Although movies made in Iceland and Germany portrayed gay soccer players and their struggles after coming out, this is believed to be the first time a professional sports league and team have lent their names to a film in which homosexuality is a central topic. That the NHL would be the groundbreaker is infinitely surprising.
The caretaker of this most macho of sports, the NHL has long been insular and conservative. Among its most prominent figures is Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, who owns the Kings and Staples Center and has given financial support to an anti-gay ballot measure and anti-gay groups in his home state of Colorado.
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