‘This is who I am’: Predators prospect Luke Prokop comes out by Pierre LeBrun, 19 July 2021

Luke Prokop was driving his car, so he couldn’t totally freak out.

But man, what he was feeling at the moment.

The 2020 third-round draft pick of the Nashville Predators was on a call with the NHL club’s key front office people including GM David Poile.

Their message to Prokop? They were all proud of him. They had his back. He didn’t have to worry about anything.

“When I think about the feeling of being free, that was the closest I think I’ve been to it so far,” Prokop, 19, said.

“I turned up the music as loud as I could. I was wearing sunglasses, I started to cry, tears of joy, I didn’t want anyone to see me crying while I was driving. But I was blasting the tunes and slamming on my steering wheel. It was amazing.’’

No doubt Prokop had wondered for nearly a year how that call with the Predators would go ever since they drafted him 73rd last fall.

“I can’t thank them enough for supporting me,’’ Prokop said.

He had just taken his next important step in a process that began in March 2020.

Telling people in his own world that he’s gay.

Now, with this interview in The Athletic, he is ready to tell the entire world.

“Very brave young man,’’ Poile said. “It took a lot of courage. I’m proud that he did that. It’s got to be exciting for him to be taking this step. This is a big story and hopefully it helps and encourages others in similar situations. It’s a big deal.’’

There has never been an openly gay active player in the NHL. Amazingly, this 6-foot-5, 221-pound defenceman is coming out before his first pro camp.

And yes, part of the reason Prokop is coming out is to help others. But first and foremost, it was to lift a 100-pound anvil off his back.

Just being able to tell people around him over the past year has been freeing.

“It’s been very special, talking to my friends, my family, my coaches, my agents,’’ Prokop said. “And them being very supportive, me coming out and being OK with who I was. I think it’s been translating a lot into my summer and my summer training. I’ve noticed myself being a lot more confident on the ice.

“Being able to truly be who I am. This is the best I’ve ever felt in the summer and I think a large part of that is due to this process of me coming out.’’

Why now?

Prokop doesn’t want to wonder anymore.

“I don’t want to have to walk into the gym or to the arena or just to practice, and keep thinking, ‘Who knows? Who doesn’t?’ This is who I am,” Prokop said.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a big topic of conversation, that’s not what I want it to be. It’s just, ‘Hey, here’s who I am.’ It gets it off my chest. So I don’t have to worry and wonder about other people.”

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Such a courageous young man. I see a lot of myself in him in his approach to his sexuality



Coaches corner drinking game

Drink everytime:

-Don explains what’s on his tie

-Don says wait ta’go

-Don refers to someone as “boy”

(Extra points if he adds the players hometown e.i Kingston boy)

-Don does the piano thing with his hands

-they want to show a video so they ask brain how much time they have

-they don’t have time for the video so they explain what happens in the video

-Don yells

-Don tells you to “look at this here”

-Ron tells Don to hurry up cause they’re running out of time

-Don cuts Ron off while he’s talking

-when Ron mentions a player Don yells the players name

-Don abriviates words to the point that you can’t understand what he’s saying

Feel free to add to the list

And you’d be drunk by the end!

When Playing Nashville, Do A Roman – Milionking, PensToTheEnd – Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]


Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF, Sports RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin/Roman Josi
Characters: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Roman Josi, Antoine Roussel, Alexander Radulov
Additional Tags: Chocolate dildo, ESPN Body Shoot, Ass Play, Anal Sex, Anal Fingering, Blow Jobs, Sauna, sauna sex, Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, Clone a willie
Series: Part 13 of You Bag Him, I’ll Tag Him

Roman clicked the button to confirm his order, then scrubbed his hands over his face. In what world was this even something he’d think about doing? He thought over the plot line to his life that had brought him to this point. It all started way back in 2015 with Tyler Seguin’s ESPN magazine’s Body Issue if he was honest about it. That video. That damn video of Tyler on the Zamboni, naked, and sucking seductively on that fucking popsicle. That simple thing had led to this moment, two and a half years later, where Roman signed up for a Clone-A-Willy chocolate making class.

Hey Smashville fans, your time is come for your captain to be the latest to join Bennguin for an evening of fun.  Yes I know he’s engaged, and yes I’m sure he’s “straight as an arrow”, but hey its fun to imagine eh?

When Playing Nashville, Do A Roman – Milionking, PensToTheEnd – Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]