Patrick Burke Predicts a Gay NHLer Within 18 Months

12 Feb

Patrick Burke, son of ex-Leafs GM Brian Burke and founder of the You Can Play project, predicted today that there would be an out player in the NHL within the next year and a half.

In an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the social news aggregator reddit.com, Burke wrote:

I believe within the next 18 months or so we will have an openly gay NHL player. It’s time. Our league’s ready.

Burke’s attitude regarding gender and sexual minorities in sport has always been positive and optimistic, however this is the clearest timline until someone in the league takes the responsibility of becoming the first openly gay sportsman in North America.

Burke elaborates a lot on his position as an advocate, as well as talks about his work in hockey. Read the AMA here.

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