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Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop comes out, becomes first openly gay player in NHL history

Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop announced on Monday he’s gay, becoming the first player under an NHL contract to publicly come out. Before Prokop’s announcement, no NHL player – active or retired – had come out as gay.

In a lengthy Instagram post, the 19-year-old right-handed defenseman wrote: “I am no longer scared to hide who I am. …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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