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LGBTQ+ Hockey Player Shares The Heartwarming Text He Got From Auston Matthews


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James Connelly
November 17, 2023  (12:11)
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LGBT hockey player Luke Prokop has revealed the kind message he got from Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews after coming out.

Prokop Shares Heartwarming Text From Matthews

In the summer of 2021, Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first openly gay hockey player under an NHL contract. There was obviously a mixed bag of reactions but for the most part, Prokop received an overwhelming amount of support from the NHL community.
Among those who let Prokop know he is welcome is 2021 Hart Trophy winner Auston Matthews. In a recent article, Prokop revealed the message Matthews sent him.
«Hey, it's Auston Matthews. I wanted to congratulate you. I look forward to sharing the ice with you someday.»

Matthews was not the only one to show his support as many other NHLers like Jake DeBrusk and even a message from rockstar Elton John.

Prokop's NHL Future

Since being drafted in the third round of the 2020 NHL draft, Prokop has gone on to develop strongly. He played out the rest of his junior career and finished as a two-time WHL champion before transitioning to the ECHL. He has played all of the year so far in the ECHL but he was recently called up to the AHL.
At 6'6" and 220lbs, Prokop is a large and mobile defenseman who is able to shut down other teams' top talent. He can also add a scoring touch when need be but he has been projected as a transition/shutdown defenseman at the NHL level.
Through nine ECHL games so far this year, Prokop has scored two goals and five points.
He will now try and stick at the AHL level and continue his development into one day becoming an everyday NHLer.
As seen on The Athletic - Prokop on NHL's Pride missteps and preparing to make hockey history
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