First active player under NHL contract to come out as gay will likely play with Milwaukee Admirals

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) --- It is another historic moment in American sports. For the first time ever, an active national hockey league player has come outa s gay.

Luke Prokop, a prospect with the Nashville predators, made the announcement on social media today. It comes less than a month after Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out.

Prokop wrote in part, "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."

In a statement, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman praised Prokop for "sharing his truth and for being so brave."

He added, "LGBTQ players, coaches and staff can only perform at their absolute best if they live their lives as their full and true selves. We do not take the meaning and importance of this announcement lightly."

Prokop will likely play for the Milwaukee Admirals since they are affiliated with the Predators.

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