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