In 2009, Brendan Burke, son of Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke, came out very publicly on ESPN. A few short months later, he was tragically killed in a car accident. Since then, his father Brian and his brother Patrick (an NHL scout) have taken up his cause, fighting to end homophobia in hockey. Brian marches annually in the Toronto Pride Parade and takes part regularly in queer sporting events.
This is the first PSA in a series that Patrick’s organization, You Can Play, will be showing during NHL games for the rest of the season.
I can’t help but tear up every time I read a read a story about Brendan Burke… I don’t know why, it just gets to me.
Anyways, I think this is totally awesome and you should watch it.
Deadspin explains why there’s an NHL lockout in a very simple Q&A.
My takeaway: the league is demanding the player’s union give up a large share of total revenue, because the league keeps teams in markets that don’t have a single fuck to give about hockey, while keeping teams out of markets that have infinite fucks to give about hockey.