Montreal Canadiens Player Rumored To Be Coming Out As First Openly Gay Pro In NHL

josh gorges michael millerA few years ago if you told us the first player on a professional sports team to come out as gay would be a hockey player, we’d have thought you had too many checks to the head.

But given the NHL’s supportive statements, and the amazing work of the Burke family, it wouldn’t seem so strange now.

Which brings us to the rumors that Josh Gorges of the Montreal Canadiens will announce he’s gay this week. NHL Insights posted several tweets yesterday suggesting a public announcement was imminent:

“It is still unconfirmed at this point, but speculation is that a #Montreal #Canadiens player will come out this week. #LGBT #YouCanPlay”

@flika98 It is unconfirmed, but speculation is that it may be @jgorges26 that will come out as the first openly gay nhl player. #LGBT

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Gorges, a 28-year-old defensiveman from British Columbia, previously played for the San Jose Sharks. Below, Gorges (far right) at a Halloween party with teammates Christopher Higgings, Mike Komisarek and Carey Price. (Just cuz.)


h/t: Aksarbent