What would be the reaction to gay players in the NHL? Fri, February 4, 2011
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
There will be a day, a historic day, when there will be an openly gay player in the National Hockey League.
A big part of that day will belong to Brendan Burke.
Fifteen months ago, the 20-year-old student-manager of the Miami University (Ohio) hockey team publicly declared his homosexuality, supported and embraced by his family, which includes dad Brian, the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his team.
A year ago Saturday, after just a couple of months of living in a new world unburdened by his secret, Brendan Burke died in a car crash on a snowy highway in Indiana.
It's hard to imagine the courage it took for a 20-year-old kid in the macho world of hockey to go public with the secret, to be at the leading edge in declaring his sexuality in an unfriendly culture.
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