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NHL appoints LGBT ambassadors across the league

Perhaps with this new team of ambassadors, those players may now find solace in their ranks.
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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