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Luke Prokop      

First Active NHL Player to Come Out as Gay

Luke Prokop is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. He is a prospect for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL), who selected him in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. In 2021, Prokop came out as gay, becoming the first player under contract with an NHL team to do so.

Prokop attended the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, British Columbia. The Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) selected Prokop with their first round selection, the seventh overall, of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. He played for Canada's national under-18 ice hockey team in the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championships.

The Predators selected Prokop in the third round, with the 73rd overall selection, of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. In December 2020, he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Predators, and spent the 2020–21 season with Calgary.

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NHL prospect Luke Prokop says he is gay: 'This is who I am' - The ...

21 hours ago ... Prokop, a 6-foot-4 defenseman from Edmonton, was a third-round draft pick by the Predators in 2020. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team and ...

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