anzekopistar:

Happy New Year from Nicky and Ovi!

My take: these two are common law married.

CHANGE MY MIND!

Lars Eller voices support for first out gay Danish pro hockey player

thornescratch:

Danish outlet Sport2 recently ran a story with Jon Lee-Olson,
goalie for Rungsted Seier Capital, who has become the first
professional player in the Danish Metal Ligaen to come out as gay. Sport2 also spoke to Caps forward Lars Eller, who praised Lee-Olson and voiced support for gay players in general.

“I’ve played with a number of [gay hockey players]”, Eller tells
Sport2, as translated by RMNB’s Magnus Cadelin. “I’m not surprised about
it because I know [players] sometimes are [gay]. But to say it is
another thing, and I’m sure it haven’t been easy on them. But they’re
brave. It’s really needed – to get this taboo gone.”

Lee-Olson, who has played pro hockey in Denmark since 2013-14, tells Sport2 how he came out to his teammates over text message.

“[My teammates] wrote that they had great respect for the fact that I
dared to say it,” Lee-Olson says,” and that I was still just me.”

Major props to both Lee-Olson and Eller.

I’ve always had respect for Eller, now I have more

Lars Eller voices support for first out gay Danish pro hockey player

thornescratch:

Media: Can you believe Ovi is now the oldest player on the team?

Backstrom:

*deadpan* Yeah, I can. *laughs* No, I just think it’s so cool that he got his own cereal.

Media:

Have you tried it?

Backstrom:

No, I haven’t tried it. But I asked him if he could bring some, because my kids want some. So, hopefully I’ll get it for free.

Media:

Nick, going back to Ovi– oldest guy on the team you know.

Backstrom:

*laughs* What’s that? Yeah, yeah.

Media:

Going back to him, speaking to him earlier, he said you guys had been together since day one. What does your friendship with him mean to you?

Backstrom:

It means a lot. I mean, I think he, he’s been, he meant a lot for me, especially the first couple years. Took me under his wing… and then, when we got older, I took him under my wing. *smiles* No, it means a lot, he’s a great guy, he’s so funny, I think… there’s never a boring day around that guy. It’s just the way he is.

Media:

What did you say when you saw him after the bicycle accident?

Backstrom: *heavy sigh* The first thing I asked him, “did you wear a helmet?” He said, “yeah.” So… that’s Ovi. *laughs* Summer with Ovi.

Media:

Has anyone, has a player ever gotten him so bad as the bicycle accident got him?

Backstrom:

No, I think that was the worst I’ve seen him. *laughs* He’s gotta be careful. He should maybe just stick to hockey, right?

Holy shit, Nick cannot stop smiling fondly and laughing while talking about Ovi for the a good chunk of his media day interview.

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