Nashville Predators hockey player, Luke Prokop, has come out as gay after re-signing his contract with the NHL, reports ESPN. Prokop’s coming out is an important milestone for the NHL as no player active or retired has ever publicly come out as gay.
In a statement posted to Instagram Prokop said, “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 said he made the decision to come out in April 2020 after returning from Calgary due to COVID-19 ending the season early, saying, “I was lying in bed one night, had just deleted a dating app for the fourth or fifth time, and I was extremely frustrated because I couldn’t be my true authentic self. In that moment I said, ‘Enough is enough. I’m accepting who I am. I want to live the way I want to, and I want to accept myself as a gay man.”