Andrew Shaw of the Montreal Canadians is one of those ambassadors.
The National Hockey League has made strides to be more inclusive as they team up with the You Can Play Project to assign an ambassador to all 30 teams.
The NHL released this statement on Wednesday:
In support of their longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in hockey, the National Hockey League, the League’s Member Clubs and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) will spotlight a variety of community-related initiatives for Hockey Is For Everyone™ month.
Every day throughout February, Hockey Is For Everyone activities will focus awareness on such areas as LGBTQ; ethnicity and gender equality; socio-economic status and those with disabilities.
Outsports reports that there will be special nights devoted to You Can Play and each ambassador will be available to LGBT players who need support or advice.
Andrew Shaw of the Montreal Canadiens is one of those ambassadors. Ironically, Shaw had been suspended from the Blackhawks last year after yelling a gay slur during a game.
The NHL seems to be leading the professional sports world with LGBT inclusion, however a player either past or present has yet to come out.
Perhaps with this new team of ambassadors, those players may now find solace in their ranks.
Here is a list of those NHL LGBT ambassadors:
Anaheim Ducks -- Ryan Kesler
Arizona Coyotes -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Boston Bruins -- Brad Marchand
Buffalo Sabres -- Anders Nilsson
Carolina Hurricanes -- Eddie Lack
Calgary Flames -- Matt Stajan
Chicago Blackhawks -- Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Colorado Avalanche -- Gabriel Landeskog
Columbus Blue Jackets -- Scott Hartnell
Dallas Stars -- Curtis McKenzie
Detroit Red Wings -- Frans Nielsen
Edmonton Oilers -- Matt Hendricks
Florida Panthers -- Shawn Thornton
Los Angeles Kings -- Dustin Brown
Minnesota Wild -- Charlie Coyle
Montreal Canadiens -- Andrew Shaw
Nashville Predators -- Colin Wilson
New Jersey Devils -- Andy Greene
New York Islanders -- Casey Cizikas
New York Rangers -- Mats Zuccarello
Ottawa Senators -- Dion Phaneuf
Philadelphia Flyers -- Claude Giroux
Pittsburgh Penguins -- Chris Kunitz
San Jose Sharks -- Chris Tierney
St. Louis Blues -- David Perron
Tampa Bay Lightning -- Brian Boyle
Toronto Maple Leafs -- James van Riemsdyk
Vancouver Canucks -- Henrik Sedin
Washington Capitals -- Braden Holtby
Winnipeg Jets -- Jacob Trouba