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NHL & Burke family say "You Can Play" and lead charge to end homophobia in sports

The National Hockey League has joined the growing effort by professional sports and players campaigning to end homophobia, introducing a new series of public service announcements to encourage gay athletes to participate in sports.

The new PSAs — “You Can Play” — feature eight NHL players, including Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and Daniel Alfredsson from the Ottawa Senators, reported The New York Times on Sunday.

Say it ain’t so: Hockey players’ agent compares marriage equality to beastiality

WASHINGTON - The president of a sports agency representing some of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) top players late Monday compared gay marriage to bestiality.

Don Reynolds, president of the Canadian-based Uptown Sports Management, made his comments a day after New York Ranger forward Sean Avery announced that his support for marriage equality in New York state via a video for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Sean Avery was a “trending topic” on Twitter on Monday night and his video on HRC’s YouTube account has been viewed over 148,000 views as of Tuesday morning.