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Crowd Takes Over Emotional National Anthem at Boston Bruins Game: VIDEO


At last night's Bruins game (the first post-bombing sporting event), Rene Rancourt, who has been singing the National Anthem there for more than 40 years, began to sing. He quickly let the crowd take over


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Provocative NHL Lick of the Week: VIDEO


Buffalo Sabre player Steve Ott grabbed some attention this week when he tried to win a faceoff this week by extending a provocative tongue toward Jeff Halpern of the Montreal Canadiens, Yahoo Sports reports.

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

Meanwhile, when a YouTube commenter took the obvious route, responders scored one for the tagline of the You Can Play project:


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NHL Announces Groundbreaking Anti-Homophobia 'Partnership: 'Our Policy is One of Inclusion'

The National Hockey League has partnered with the anti-homophobia You Can Play Project, the Hockey News reports:

Bettman“I’m very proud that the National Hockey League and NHL Players Association are the ones taking this step and breaking new ground,” Philadelphia Flyers scout and YCP co-founder Patrick Burke told THN late Thursday morning. “The big shift is that this is a professional sports league saying not that, ‘We tolerate you,’ not that, ‘We’ll deal with it if we need to,’ but that they’re inviting us in. It’s exciting.”

“Our motto is ‘Hockey Is For Everyone,’ and our partnership with You Can Play certifies that position in a clear and unequivocal way,” added NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (pictured). “While we believe that our actions in the past have shown our support for the LGBT community, we are delighted to reaffirm through this joint venture with the NHL Players’ Association that the official policy of the NHL is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands.”

The partnership, which was signed as a legally binding document by the three parties this week, will see You Can Play (a) conduct seminars at the NHL’s annual rookie symposium to educate players on gay equality issues; and (b) integrate YCP’s message of respect for all into the league’s Behavioral Health Program by allowing players to confidentially seek counseling or education. As well, YCP will work with the league to create and broadcast public service announcements promoting equality for all.

More at THN...

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1305

THRIFT SHOP: A vintage "Grandpa style" cover of the Macklemore hit.


ICE CUBES CYLINDERS: Add a garden hose and freezing water and what do you get?

OWL STOWAWAY: A gorgeous owl got trapped in the grille of an SUV at Yeehaw Junction.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Would Suppport An Openly Gay Teammate

The Tampa Bay Times reports that, according to a survey of players, the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team would support an openly gay teammate.

StevensA couple of examples of supportive comments made by the 22 members of the NHL team who responded to the survey:

Center Steven Stamkos: "Not everyone has to agree with it, but if someone in our locker room you were a friend with would come out, for me, personally, I wouldn't have a problem with it. He's still a teammate. He still has your back on the ice. That's just the way it is."

Right Wing Teddy Purcell: "We're a team, a family. We don't look at anybody different like that. Everybody is different. Some guys like cars; some like trucks. You don't really care. As long as he's a good team guy and helps us win, we'll take anybody."

23 of the team's players were involved in the survey but one was not available to respond.

Retired Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has also expressed his strong support for gay players. He tweeted:

“...I've never understood this 'issue' with gay players? Who cares? I know I played with some, their sexual orientation never had much to ... To do with how they hit with RISP, or pitched in late and close situations, why the hell would what they do in the bedroom ever matter?”

Edmonton Oiler Ryan Jones Has Had a Gay Teammate: VIDEO


NHL forward Ryan Jones shows his support for LGBT athletes in a new promo for the You Can Play Project, which seeks to combat homophobia in sports.

There are currently no out hockey players in the NHL.

Said Jones: "I don't think it (one's sexual orientation) would change a thing in the locker room. We have guys from all over the world, of different races and sexuality (and it) would be no different. If a player can help the team and is a good person, who they choose as a partner is irrelevant. I participated in the You Can Play Project to honour a friend and member of 'the brotherhood', Brendan Burke, but most importantly because I believe in equality. You Can Play is doing ground breaking work in athletics. LGBT athletes are out there, and for a long time it was something that was pushed to the background. It's important for people to be able to live 'openly' no matter what their sexual orientation is and You Can Play is fighting for that."


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