Like others have said, I'm sure there are. But, like others have said, for political, personal, whatever reasons, i dont think there are any openly gay players in the NHL. It sucks, I wish there were, and I bet the closeted players felt they were comfortable enough to come out. But, that's one of the hardships most gay people go through.
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Burke paused before adding: "I don't want to say it's disappointing because everyone is on their own timeline and when the first guy is ready he's going to do it. If there was any remaining doubt about whether there were gay NHL players -- I don't know how anyone could even wonder that -- Burke said You Can Play has heard from gay players in the league. But for a variety of different reasons, there are men and women who still don't think it's the right decision for them to come out at this time. I suppose if there are still homophobic NHLers they're not going to come out and say so. All I can tell you is that in the dressing room of one of the NHL's most storied franchises, the captain of the team said it would be a non-issue. That's how I feel, I would accept it.
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This is part of the same study in the context of which I wrote a post about openly gay competitive ice hockey players. I asked participants to reflect on their professional careers and discuss the argument that hockey encourages problematic attitudes and behaviours associated with masculinity such as homophobia and sexism. I also asked them why they thought there are still no openly gay players in the league. While my questions produced a range of interesting responses, the interviewees often came back to the fact that, regardless of representations of masculinity and their own opinions of homosexuality in hockey, it is not advisable to stand out in any manner that will draw attention away from the team and its quest for success.
Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. Maguire even allows for the slim possibility that there are no gay players skating on professional ice.