By Allan Muir
Well, that didn’t take long.
About an hour after the news broke that the NHL and NHLPA have officially partnered with the You Can Play Project, I got an email from a woman who promised never to watch hockey again as long as it “promotes the homosexual agenda.”
Lady, you won’t be missed.
I learned long ago there’s no arguing with someone like that. You can’t tell anyone what to believe. Just like the best intentions of the league and the PA can’t force hockey players to be accepting of a gay teammate.
But you can try to cultivate an environment where inclusion is the stated goal and a player’s ability to contribute to a team’s success on and off the ice makes a non-issue out of his sexual orientation.
And that’s where this partnership stands as a watershed moment. This isn’t about the “homosexual agenda,” whatever that is. YCP isn’t about gay marriage or gay adoption or gays on the international space station. It’s really about a single, simple, perfectly worded idea: If you can play, you can play.
I usually steer clear of canned quotes, but this one from Ron Hainsey really hits the mark.