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Who Is The NHL Player That Came Out Of The Closet As The First Openly Gay Athlete In Pro Hockey?

Updated on June 19, 2013

Of course there are gay hockey players, people from all walks of life are homosexual, some are open about it, some are even flamboyant about it. If you are a gay professional hockey player, you are going to have to be pretty quiet about it. In the history of the NHL, no player (active or retired), has ever come out of the closet and openly admitted to being gay. Now some of you might say : "what about Wendel Clark and Glenn Anderson?" Both Anderson and Clark have been rumored to be gay, some people even suggest they were romantically involved together. This has never been proven, and neither player has ever admitted being gay. Both former players are married with children, and it seems foolish to question their sexual orientation, we should remember them for their achievements on the ice, as both of them are legends in their own right.

There are a long list of other NHL stars that have been rumored to be gay, including the Sedin Twins (also known as "the sisters"). Henrik and Daniel probably didn't realize they would look so gay doing that commercial for the NHL (the one where they are pole dancing and stripping for a bunch of guys). Now the twins aren't the most masculine of men, they may even suffer from low testosterone levels, but they are damn good hockey players, and the sure as hell aren't gay!

When it came to light that an active NHL player did an exclusive interview for the book ""In the Game: Gay Athletes and the Cult of Masculinity,", detailing his life as a gay hockey player, people have been trying to figure out who the player is. The name of the player was not given, however there was enough information in the book that with a little research, it wasn't that difficult to figure out who he is. The interview stated that the player is Canadian, won a full scholarship at an American College, his father played professional hockey, he won a Stanley Cup in or near New York just a few years prior to 2005 (when the book was published).

Now there are 3 teams that we can say are in the area of New York, there are The Rangers, The Islanders and The Devils. The Devils won a Stanley Cup in 2002-2003, making them the only one of those 3 teams that would fit the profile. There is only one player on the Devils championship roster to have attended a U.S. college, have a father that played pro hockey, as well as being Canadian. That player is defensive forward John Madden, who was a key player in the Devils Stanley Cup run, and a former Selke Trophy winner.

In this day and age we are probably ready to accept an openly gay hockey player, and anyone who read the interview in the book will probably realize that John Madden desperately wants to come out of the closet. With his career coming to an end, we expect him to make the announcement sometime soon, and all the power to him. Madden's sexual preference is his own business, however should he decide to "officially" come out of the closet, we hope that fans will support him.


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    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      That's right .. Canadians aren't nearly as homophobic or xenophobic as Americans! Canada was a safe haven for black slaves fleeing America, and there were black quarterbacks and coaches in the CFL long before it happened in the NFL.

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      6 years ago

      It absolutely is a shocker for me that there are no openly gay players in the NHL. i mean half the players are Canadian for crying out loud and we know that canadians have nothing against gay people.

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      7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      I would agree that it would be silly to speculate if somebody is or is not gay... however in this case, the speculation is more about the interview for the book, rather than the sexual orientation. If Madden never did the interview, then I would think it would be fair to allow him his privacy, however the interview itself is what is causing people to ask questions. I don't see it as defamation, because in this day in age being gay is not that big of a deal, unless you are a religious nut?

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      Steven Hickcox 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      Whether or not this player or that player is gay shouldn't have this much attention drawn to it and the other fact is that the rumors that people make, while they are entertaining to gossip about for most people, it can destroy a person mentalilty, physically and pyschologically. If you have proof then write it. If not I would be careful what you write because it could be considered slander or defamation.

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      7 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Here is an article where Madden mentions his father as a hockey player :

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      7 years ago

      Who is John Madden's father?

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      7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Avery still doesn't fit the bill, the interview from the NY based journalist stated that the player won a cup "here", in other words in New York. The player in question also attended university stateside, and I seriously doubt Avery has been to any university unless he is trolling for teenage girls.

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      7 years ago

      avery won a cup in detroit in 2002, or at least played enough games to get his named stamped on the Cup undeservedly so didn't he? and he's definitely gay, more action... lol it's a good cover, but i'm not buyin'. the dude is a scared creep on and off the ice. but whether he's gay or not, doesn't matter.... he's top 10 dirtiest/annoying players in the NHL and is NOT productive although some hand full of random team fans think he is....

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      7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      The Devils won the cup in 2003, the season started in 2002, it was the 02-03 season. Avery has never won a cup, and he is not gay, he is just acting gay to get more action with the ladies. John Madden is the guy who did the interview for the book, and he just signed with Florida.

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      7 years ago

      Devils didn't win the cup in 2002, it's definitely avery what dumbass wrote this article


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