If there’s a kid in Canada or wherever, who is playing and really loves the game and wants to keep playing but he’s worried about coming out, I’d tell him to pick up the phone and call (NHLPA executive director) Donald Fehr and tell him to book me a (plane) ticket. I’ll stand beside him in the dressing room while he tells his teammates he is gay. Maybe if Sean Avery is there, they would have less of a problem with it.
—Sean Avery, the New York Rangers forward and nude t-shirt model, adopts the protective strategy of MMA fighter Daniel Puder by agreeing to convince anyone that needs convincing they shouldn’t have a problem with gay kids
[There are] probably a few gay players in the NHL, but I don’t know if somebody has the courage (to come out). … The reaction from fans in visiting arenas would be tough, but I don’t think it would be that big a deal. I get booed no matter where I go.