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Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop says he is gay, hopes living 'authentic life' helps NHL career

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

Prokop, 19, made the announcement in an Instagram post. "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."

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by Anonymousreply 71July 21, 2021 2:14 PM

Connor Jessup will be in those DMs.

by Anonymousreply 1July 19, 2021 2:18 PM

Waiting for a shirtless photoshoot and reality show

by Anonymousreply 2July 19, 2021 2:20 PM


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by Anonymousreply 3July 19, 2021 2:21 PM

He looks like a guy I dated once. Kinda nerdy loooking, but super sweet. I wish this guy well, and congratulate him on doing this at 19. Hockey is so homophobic. My partner’s 3 nephews play hockey - they’re all under 14. The kids are usually okay, but the parents can be brutal. You hear all kinds of slurs coming from them. It’s rural Canadian prairie hockey, so I don’t really expect less, but I’m sure pro hockey is just as brutal.

by Anonymousreply 4July 19, 2021 2:24 PM

What a stupid name for a sports team. Predators.

by Anonymousreply 5July 19, 2021 2:25 PM

There has never been an openly gay active player in the NHL.

This defenceman is coming out before his first pro camp.

Luke Prokop shares his story with The Athletic.


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by Anonymousreply 6July 19, 2021 2:26 PM


by Anonymousreply 7July 19, 2021 2:37 PM


by Anonymousreply 8July 19, 2021 3:20 PM

Jesus, you could tell he’s gay from space. He looks like Maggie Smith with a hockey stick.

by Anonymousreply 9July 19, 2021 3:20 PM

R9, you are extremely annoying. Kick rocks, dude.

by Anonymousreply 10July 19, 2021 3:35 PM

Nassib chose not to do press but Prokop is set to interview on sports center soon

by Anonymousreply 11July 19, 2021 4:39 PM

Ooooooh, a challenge.

by Anonymousreply 12July 19, 2021 5:53 PM
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by Anonymousreply 13July 19, 2021 6:12 PM

Bump for the original thread.

by Anonymousreply 14July 19, 2021 6:32 PM

Does the NHL typically recruit such young players? I'm used to the NBA, NFL rookies who are usually post-college age.

by Anonymousreply 15July 19, 2021 6:36 PM

Go to his IG page. Bunch of photos through the past year in groups of people, no masks anywhere.

by Anonymousreply 16July 19, 2021 6:42 PM

Is Matt his boyfriend?

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by Anonymousreply 17July 19, 2021 6:49 PM

I'm with you, R9.

I could see that he is gay, from outer space!

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by Anonymousreply 18July 19, 2021 6:50 PM

He can't be gay!

Not with those pants....

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by Anonymousreply 19July 19, 2021 6:50 PM

F&F r16.

by Anonymousreply 20July 19, 2021 6:51 PM

Dear Luke,

You're fired!



by Anonymousreply 21July 19, 2021 6:53 PM

Actually, r21:

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by Anonymousreply 22July 19, 2021 6:55 PM

Thank you for not linking to Outsports.

by Anonymousreply 23July 19, 2021 6:55 PM

Good for him!

We should whine that athletes don't come out while attacking the few that do

by Anonymousreply 24July 19, 2021 7:13 PM

Hmph, they used to put THAT sort of thing away- and throw away the key!

by Anonymousreply 25July 19, 2021 7:14 PM

No other athletes are gay besides him!

by Anonymousreply 26July 19, 2021 7:20 PM


Caint be.

by Anonymousreply 27July 19, 2021 7:22 PM

R17 he looks like he has the dreaded Gen Z foot stink

by Anonymousreply 28July 19, 2021 7:30 PM

This will be marketing gold for the NHL. They have been spoiling for a gay player for the last few years, what with all of the "You Can Play" overtures. This is a triumph for them, and I expect that he will be treated well by management. I hope he is thick-skinned though, the locker room will be boisterous, as it always is, but this will be an added dimension, but hopefully all in good fun. Boys will be boys.

by Anonymousreply 29July 19, 2021 7:33 PM

If I recall correctly, NHL did a reasonable job recognizing pride month this year.

by Anonymousreply 30July 19, 2021 7:52 PM

R1 Connor just reposted to his IG story lol

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by Anonymousreply 31July 19, 2021 7:52 PM

Who did he vote for? That's all that matters.

by Anonymousreply 32July 19, 2021 7:54 PM

Well, R32, his last name literally IS "pro-cop" - so what do you think?

by Anonymousreply 33July 19, 2021 8:01 PM

He's only 19, R32, so too young to have voted in 2019.

by Anonymousreply 34July 19, 2021 8:02 PM

That’s great!

by Anonymousreply 35July 19, 2021 8:04 PM

One difference about this guy is that unlike Nassib, he's not going right to the NHL. He is a prospect, which means that he will be playing in the hockey minor leagues until they decide he's ready (if they ever do) to move up. That could be good and bad. Less pressure and attention, but also less regulation of other players. I see he's giving an interview to SportsCenter today. That kind of thing might cause some resentment in a minor-league locker room.

But good on him for being brave. The NHL was always proactive in terms of gay athletes, so it was surprising it took this long. But I still think by far the best thing for this or any other of the major sports would be an established star (or even dare we hope, superstar) coming out. Aaron Rodgers may have welded his closet door shut, but surely another undeniably good player must be working up the courage to take the plunge.

by Anonymousreply 36July 19, 2021 8:05 PM

[bold][italic] AN ATHLETE HAS COME OUT











by Anonymousreply 37July 19, 2021 8:05 PM

R36, my boyfriend Aaron is very, very straight. We make passionate live every night.

by Anonymousreply 38July 19, 2021 8:05 PM

[quote] We make passionate live

That’s much more believable than “passionate love”.

by Anonymousreply 39July 19, 2021 8:07 PM

Absolutely Shailene. Now all you have to is reveal that you are really Sheldon, and we're in business.

by Anonymousreply 40July 19, 2021 8:07 PM

The way this segment is produced.

Luke: I'm going to accept myself as a gay man.

Announcer during a game. DRILLED BY LUKE PROKOP

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by Anonymousreply 41July 19, 2021 8:16 PM

Good for him! It makes me happy to see the younger generation afforded the opportunity to live a happy, authentic life. Too bad some of the jealous, old queens on this thread can't say the same.

by Anonymousreply 42July 19, 2021 8:20 PM

I see only congratulatory comments, R42.

by Anonymousreply 43July 19, 2021 8:21 PM

r43, so do I, but some people see 1 negative post and it becomes the whole thread in their mind.

by Anonymousreply 44July 19, 2021 8:22 PM

Will say I'm glad he came out as gay and not something like queer or fluid or "part of the LGBTQ+ community"

by Anonymousreply 45July 19, 2021 8:28 PM

Really, is no one going to say it? Off all the hockey teams for a gay man to come out on it’s the Predators?!? This is going to set us back decades, they’re going to be talking about the predatory gay player all the time now. “See that that hockey player over there, he’s Gay!” “Which one?” “The Predator!”

by Anonymousreply 46July 19, 2021 8:29 PM

Me too R44–besides R46 who’s trolling. Oh well. I shouldn’t have said anything because I now I did it.

by Anonymousreply 47July 19, 2021 8:41 PM

No hockey players are gay besides him. No need to speculate about which other hockey players might be gay!

by Anonymousreply 48July 19, 2021 8:43 PM

I wish Tyler Seguin was homosexual...and my boyfriend.

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by Anonymousreply 49July 19, 2021 8:48 PM

As long as he's not a Trump supporter, he's fine

by Anonymousreply 50July 19, 2021 8:48 PM

R47 I’m not saying anything bad about him, I’m more disturbed that there is a team called the Predators, that until today I never heard of before. We’ve gone from exploiting Native Americans to naming teams after criminal groups- what’s next, The Flashers, The Molesters, The Child Pornographers?

by Anonymousreply 51July 19, 2021 8:51 PM

Tyler’s a good dude.

by Anonymousreply 52July 19, 2021 8:54 PM

This is a brave young man. Good for him!

by Anonymousreply 53July 19, 2021 9:09 PM

R51 If you're that triggered by the word 'predator,' that you instantly think about sexual predators instead of any other kind, then maybe you need to examine why that might be, and then deal with it.

by Anonymousreply 54July 19, 2021 9:10 PM

Hmm, not pretty enough to need a guide, though

by Anonymousreply 55July 19, 2021 9:15 PM

I wonder if he would have come out if he was a McDavid level player with a ton of pressure on him. I guess it would have been harder to do.

He's lucky his contract is with the Preds. Had it been the Capitals with a known homophobe as a captain, it would have been very awkward. Good on Josi for showing his support.

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by Anonymousreply 57July 19, 2021 9:49 PM

R10 thinks using words like “dude” makes him more masculine, but his flames can also be seen from outer space.

by Anonymousreply 58July 19, 2021 10:04 PM

Another Canadian stanksleeve jock comes out. Does he expect a goddam parade in his honor??

by Anonymousreply 59July 19, 2021 10:05 PM

despite his looks, he's gonna get a freakin' mountain of dick!

by Anonymousreply 60July 19, 2021 10:38 PM

Cool for him.

by Anonymousreply 61July 20, 2021 3:55 AM

R15, NHL stars tend to start playing in the league as soon as they are drafted- Auston Matthews, Sidney Crosby, Ovechkin, etc. But others either take the college route and play NCAA hockey (Gaudreau, Eichel, etc) or they'll play on the affiliated lower level teams depending on their age and eligibility (AHL, etc), and this could take however many years necessary. And then undrafted guys may bounce around leagues in North America and in Europe. So players starting early are more typical compared to the NBA and NFL but there are still some following pathways you're more familiar with.

by Anonymousreply 62July 20, 2021 4:09 AM

He's ugly and looks WAAAAAY older than his age! Sorta don't care about his coming out. Carl Massive is better-lewking

by Anonymousreply 63July 20, 2021 4:05 PM

I knew he was Canadian with that last name. Tons of people with eastern european heritage in Canada.

by Anonymousreply 64July 20, 2021 4:07 PM

R59 There is nothing wrong with foreskin.

by Anonymousreply 65July 20, 2021 4:08 PM

R59, not all Canadian guys are uncut.

by Anonymousreply 66July 21, 2021 12:54 PM

R59 This obsession with circumcision (only caused by religious hangups, like fear of masturbation, so not even justified by medical concerns) is PURELY MRKAN (and especially Midwesterner). Have a bidet installed in your bathroom like Italians and call it a day. Jeesh

by Anonymousreply 67July 21, 2021 1:16 PM

I know right. This is the only place I see such a stupid fixation.

by Anonymousreply 68July 21, 2021 1:36 PM

I once made a comment here that when I see a post hissing about "stanksleeves", it's a very easy 'tell' that the poster is a sexagenarian at the very least.

One of the replies I got declared that the younger generations are "not allowed" to dislike foreskin because of "political correctness". OK buddy, whatever makes you sleep at night.

by Anonymousreply 69July 21, 2021 1:45 PM

R68 Mrka abd the Filthypines

by Anonymousreply 70July 21, 2021 1:51 PM

So cool

by Anonymousreply 71July 21, 2021 2:14 PM
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