Pro hockey player Zach Sullivan of the Manchester Storm made a bit of sports history over the weekend when he came out as bisexual.
In a statement release on Twitter yesterday, the 25-year-old says he hopes by coming out he “will give other hockey players around the country the same confidence to do the same.”
“I’m not doing this in the hope of any publicity,” he wrote. “I’ve always been a very private guy, but I realize that I have a unique opportunity to do some good.”
“If I can be open and honest about my sexuality, then hopefully that will give other hockey players around the country the same confidence to do the same.”
— Zach Sullivan (@ZachSully11) January 26, 2020
Sullivan’s tweet was met with over 5K likes, 800 retweets, and 400 comments.
“You’ve lifted a huge weight off your shoulders,” one person wrote. “Step on the ice tonight and be proud, leave us to be loud.”
“You are amazing! We are so proud of you!” another commented.
“It is great that you felt you were able to tell your truth,” a third person said. “You will have the league fans on your side.”
Sullivan’s timing couldn’t have been more perfect either. He coincided it with Elite Ice Hockey League’s first official Pride weekend to promote inclusivity and diversity within ice hockey.
“We couldn’t be happier for our teammate and we 100% have his back,” said Manchester Storm’s captain Dallas Ehrhardt. “The hockey world is a tight-knit supportive community and when something as important like this happens, the whole sport gets better.”
Head coach Ryan Finnerty added that this was a “historic moment” because Sullivan is believed to be the first pro ice hockey player ever to come out publicly while still playing the sport.
“His strength and courage will inspire the youth of tomorrow,” Finnerty said.