Marchand: ‘No question’ gay teammate would be accepted

Posted: 18/01/2017 in NHL, Sports
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Brad Marchand believes in the power of a hockey family.

In an interview with ESPN’s Joe McDonald, the Boston Bruins forward opened up about who he is away from the rink, and said when a professional hockey player does come out as gay, he’ll be accepted by his teammates, “no question.”

“Guys would accept that,” Marchand told McDonald. “We’re a team in the (dressing) room and a family. It doesn’t matter what different beliefs guys have, or where they come from, or whatever the case may be. Guys would accept it.”

The NHL in recent years has been spreading a message of inclusivity, partnering with the “You Can Play Project” in showing that the game is an accepting place, for anyone and everyone.

“Again, in the room we’re a family,” Marchand said. “That’s the way it is on a hockey team, and that’s the way it will always be.”

Marchand’s been vocal about his support for the LGBT community, and takes pride in it.

“I have friends who are in gay relationships, and I don’t think it’s right for people to be against that,” he said.

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