Originally published:February 24, 2017
The NHL is once again putting the issue of LGBTQ rights in the spotlight.
Throughout February, the NHL, the NHL Players' Association and the You Can Play Project have celebrated "Hockey Is For Everyone" month to support diversity, equality and inclusion in the sport.
The league and its players have partnered with You Can Play since April 2013 on activities fighting homophobia in sports, along with removing stereotypes related to gender, ethnicity and disabilities.
The You Can Play campaign was born five years ago, after a 2010 car accident took the life of 21-year-old Brendan Burke, the youngest son of current Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke.