Luke Prokop was selected in the third-round in the 2020 NHL Draft, but he is making headlines for something out side of hockey today. Prokop has announced that he is a homosexual, and that public statement has already been met with a wave of support.
The Nashville Predators star said in a public statement that “I am no longer scared to hide who I am.” He also seems incredibly happy about this decision to take this next step in his life.
The 19-year-old defenseman currently plays for the Western Hockey League for the Calgary Hitmen. His ultimate goal is to make it to the NHL roster, but this had nothing to do with the game. He needed to make this public statement and he is very glad to be able to use his public platform to do so on social media.
Hi everyone. While the past year and a half has been crazy, it has also given me the chance to find my true self. I am no longer scared to hide who I am.
Today I am proud to publicly tell everyone that I am gay.
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. 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.
I wouldn’t be able to do this without my amazing family, friends, and agents – who have known this about me and met me with love and support every step of the way. I hope that in sharing who I am I can help other people see that gay people are welcome in the hockey community, as we work to make sure that hockey truly is for everyone.
I may be new to the community, but I am eager to learn about the strong and resilient people who came before me and paved the way so I could be more comfortable today. This is just the beginning of my journey and I am excited to see where it takes me, both in hockey and in life.
Standing at 6-foot-4, 217-pound, Prokop can handle himself on the ice. He is now living his best life as an openly gay man, and his post on Instagram has already garnered over 10,000 likes as of this writing on Monday morning. He couldn’t be happier, and that’s the most anyone could ask out of life, right?
Congratulations to Luke Prokop for making this big life decision from everyone here at Thirsty.