Just weeks after the first active pro-football came out as gay, a professional hockey prospect has done the same.
Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop has come out as gay, becoming the first active player under contract to an NHL team to do so, according to NPR.
"It has been quite the journey to get to this point in my life, but I could not be happier with my decision to come out," Prokop, 19, stated on Instagram. "I may be new to the community , but I am eager to learn about the strong and resilient people who came before me and paved the way so I could be more comfortable today."
Prokop's team and league officials, including NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, congratulated him on social media, saying the defenseman was setting an example for others.
Originally from Edmonton, Canada, Prokop played the past four seasons with the Western Hockey League before the Predators selected him as the 73rd overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft.