Morning Free Association: The First

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I know I was going to talk about the more interesting names that were left off of the 30 protection lists but a more notable and important story came out yesterday. A prospect within the Nashville Predators organization came out as gay yesterday, becoming the first openly gay hockey player.

Luke Prokop, a third-round draft pick from the Calgary Hitmen last season, released a statement that he’s gay, lifting a huge burden of his shoulders.

His announcement comes just a month after the NFL’s first openly gay player on an active roster, Carl Nassib, came out.

Prokop started telling his family and close friends beginning in March 2020 and was also open with his management group prior to the draft. Recently, he opened up to Nashville GM David Poile about himself, receiving encouragement and praise.

(The above article should be unlocked.)

“Very brave young man,’’ Poile said. “It took a lot of courage. I’m proud that he did that. It’s got to be exciting for him to be taking this step. This is a big story and hopefully it helps and encourages others in similar situations. It’s a big deal.”

It definitely helps that his agents are so supportive, even putting him in touch with Brian Burke, whose son Brendan came out in 2009 while he was working for the Miami University hockey team. Unfortunately, Brendan died in a car accident in 2010. Inspired by his son, he and his son Patrick started the You Can Play organization to encourage and support athletes of all ages who are LGBTQ+.

There’s a lot I could say about how freeing this is for Prokop, but I think he did a much better job in his interview. No need for me to elaborate.

A few years ago, the NHL declared that Hockey is for Everyone, an initiative to make hockey a more inclusive space for people of color and of varying sexual orientations and gender expressions. Of course, the reality is that all sorts of people are cynical of the NHL for making this declaration and maybe not working hard enough to include others. Now is the time for the NHL to back that up. Lockers rooms as well as in the stands should be safe from anti-gay (and racist) speech and actions. Prokop at such a young age will hopefully challenge people’s notions of what gay people are and can do in the hockey world. It’s a lot but it’s not all on his shoulders. The NHL now has to put up or shut up.

For now, Luke Prokop has the backing of his organization along with many hockey fans (and former pro athletes) going into his first pro camp.

Predators captain Roman Josi even released a statement.

I am rooting for him not only because he’s a trailblazer but also because he’s a defenseman; we all know how I love my defensemen.

For now, Luke Prokop only has to worry about improving his game and training. That must be a load off his mind.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Apparently the Leaf’s pick in the Kraken draft has been leaked.
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That’s one.comment image

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Leak aside, love the very Seattle way they are going to announce picks!

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I’m happy to hear Prokop announce that he’s gay. If I were drafted by an NHL team, I’d be super happy too!

Seriously tho, it is good to see pro athletes begin to feel that they can come out without derailing their careers. (It was not so long ago that an NHL player got ejected from a game for using gay slurs against an official!)comment image

Satan 81's Sister
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If Gritty says love always wins then love always wins, damnit!!

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Morning all. Bleh Tuesdays.

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Morning folks,

It’s a shame we live in a time where a player’s sexuality is a big story, but I guess we’re in a better place than we were when we were his age.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the demographic of NHL players generally reflects that of the areas where it is most popular – Canada, Central and Northern Europe and Russia are all overwhelmingly white. Increasing hockey’s popularity in more racially diverse areas is key to increasing diversity of players. I know they are taking steps towards that, but it’ll take time.

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So, it’s been another crappy morning here. We were on the way to school for Leah’s last day in Primary this morning when we got the message that her class is to stay at home today after two more positive cases overnight. Poor kids. I mean, life does tend to be one crushing disappointment after another, but this generation is learning it early on.

The leavers’ party has been delayed ten days, which plays havoc with our summer plans. I wouldn’t mind that so much but I’m not very confident it’ll happen even then given the way cases are spiking.

She’s far from alone though – last week a million schoolkids in Britain were under stay-at-home order!

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Ugh, that really sucks. So sorry for Leah.

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It’s been a long time coming. We are really just now getting to the point that racial diversity in the American hockey program somewhat reflects US society.

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Good morning!
I’ve been message and go the last few weeks. Workers are working! We will probably paint the downstairs this weekend!!! Upstairs getting close!! Found a sheetrock tape guy who likes to start early. He drags the carpenter (a 10:30 guy) along with him. Shit gettin’ done, yo!
It’s a bit of a wake up call when I hear about the Covid across the pond. We are super isolated here. Glad Leah can have her Leavers day!!!

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This crazy, rainy summer has made for great class 5 boating in my neighborhood. I’m not ready to try these creeks, but maybe soon. local creeks, best boaters I know. Video gives no justice!. That’s survival boating!

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Now for something completely different! Boston’s punk scene way back when..

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Ugh! Interweb…. There was an article there about the early Boston punk scene. I guess if you are interested, you have to go down their worm hole.

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Is this the one you were after?

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Btw I discovered a trick recently (which you may already be aware of) to avoid navigating away from this page when you click a link. Right-click on the link and select Open in new tab. Of course, doesn’t work if you’re on a phone, but there may be an equivalent…

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I use a Kindle as my tablet/ computer/ etc. They are inexpensive. Great for me as I tend to throw things that don’t work like I think they should… grin

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I know very few internet tricks. Me trying to computer would make a pretty good comedy show.

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Ah – Sonia has a Kindle. I wasn’t aware it could do other things than books!

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I have an old Nook – which was Barnes & Noble’s attempt to compete w/ Amazon and stave off obsolescence. I occasionally still use it as an MP3 player.
It had a mobile browser that would speed up response by running through a caching proxy – which helped in some cases, and hurt in others. I got tired of it and installed FireFox. (It is an old Android device as opposed to whatever OS Kindle uses.)

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I still prefer real books!

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While I’d be willing to bet Stripes does too, ^^that^^ was actually me wink

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I’ve been better lately about remembering to do that.

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Yes! Thank you!

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I only remember half of those guys. Mission of Burma made it kinda big. Standells, obv. Vaguely remember DMZ. May have to dig into a youtube rabbit hole – I’m sure if I hear the songs, it’ll come together.