There’s an initiative underway in the NHL and the guy behind it is a Flyers scout.
Patrick Burke is the son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, and he’s leading “You Can Play.” The movement was inspired by Burke’s brother, Brendan, who championed this effort before his death.
The idea behind it is simple — discourage what Burke calls “casual homophobia” in the locker room so LGBT players can feel comfortable among their teammates.
You Can Play focuses only on the pro-sports environment — not politics or religion — to make players aware that even a remark about homosexuality intended as a joke can be insulting to a gay player.
Yahoo! Sports has an interesting and in-depth story that NewsWorks Germantown/West Oak Lane Editor Brian Hickey dug up on Patrick Burke and You Can Play, which already has the support of nearly three dozen NHL players.