Luke Prokop explained he will be able to focus on his hockey potential considerably less than a thirty day period following the Nashville Predators defenseman prospect turned the initial participant beneath deal to an NHL group to appear out as homosexual.
“I can just go on the ice now and just target on becoming a hockey player and attempt to make the Nashville Predators corporation,” Prokop reported Wednesday in Nashville, the place he’s participating in Predators advancement camp.
Prokop introduced on social media July 19 that he was homosexual, acquiring fast support from the NHL, the Predators and many NHL players. He stated he also acquired messages of encouragement from players in the Western Hockey League, the place he has performed the previous 4 seasons for Calgary, scoring six details (two aims, 4 assists) in 15 game titles final time.
“The fellas below have been excellent,” Prokop stated. “I’ve experienced a couple guys arrive up to me and just communicate about it and say they have been definitely very pleased of me.”
Prokop, chosen by the Predators in the 3rd spherical (No. 73) of the 2020 NHL Draft. signed a a few-yr, entry-degree deal with Nashville on Dec. 9.
“I did not want to have to be stressing about that for much too long, so I was satisfied and honored to indicator my agreement and move ahead,” Prokop explained. “The up coming stage would be possibly generating Nashville or acquiring the next definitely fantastic junior period, and then variety of develop as a result of Milwaukee (of the American Hockey League). That is form of the up coming stage for me, just likely back again to junior this following 12 months, having a really sturdy year and demonstrating the group what I can do right here at camp.”
The 19-12 months-old’s announcement went nicely outside of the hockey earth, with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Elton John calling Prokop the day following he arrived out.
“We just had a genuinely very good conversation,” Prokop said. “He congratulated me, just questioned me how the working day was, how the assist was, and then he thanked me for getting courageous and coming out. It was a genuinely neat discussion.”
Prokop stated he also has gotten good perception from Brock McGillis, a former Ontario Hockey League and semiprofessional goalie who came out as homosexual in November 2016.
“I’d spoken a lot with Brock McGillis in the course of my whole system of coming out, and he was truly excellent in lending me some tips to do with media, what is actually likely to take place the working day of, the working day right after, the month following, yr following,” Prokop said. “He is just a really fantastic supply I have, and a pal, I will say, as very well. We’re in touch day-to-day, so I’m incredibly thankful to have him as very well.”
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