"I came home from Calgary after my season ended because of COVID. I was lying in bed one night, just deleted a dating app for the fourth or fifth time, and I was just extremely frustrated because I couldn't be my true authentic self. And in that moment I said, 'Enough's enough. I'm accepting who I am. I wanna live the way I want to. And I'm going to accept myself as a gay man'."
What's it gonna mean to you next season to skate in a game knowing that your truth is out there?
"It's hard to put into words. I'm gonna lace my skates up the same. I'm gonna put my jersey on the same. Strap up my helmet. Pull on my gloves... But I'm finally gonna be able to breathe, and exhale, and show the world the real me. And I'm so excited to see where that will take me - not only as a hockey player, but as a person as well."
-Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop announces he is gay, NHL on ESPN, 19 July 2021