Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ohio State Hockey: You Can Play

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hockey Players Against Homophobia - You Can Play

The New York Times reports:

Hockey is joining the drive to end homophobia in sports with a public-service message featuring eight N.H.L. players, including Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers, Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators. You Can Play, the campaign the players will introduce, is another in a series of efforts by hockey’s Burke family to open doors for gay athletes to participate in sports. It is intended to “make locker rooms safe for all athletes, rather than places of fear, slurs and bullying,” said Patrick Burke, a scout with the Philadelphia Flyers and a founder of the project.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hockey Player Justin Fontaine Suspended For Anti-Gay Slur On Twitter

The Advocate reports:

Houston Aeros forward Justin Fontaine has been suspended by his team’s NHL affiliate, the Minnesota Wild, after using an antigay on Twitter Sunday night during the Grammys.In response to a tweet from roommate David MacIntyre about the Foo Fighters’ performance on the show, Fontaine tweeted, “I disagree, the Foo Faggots were awful. #TerribleShow #BadTaste.”While Fontaine soon realized his mistake and deleted the message — saying, “My apologies to everyone, it was wrong. Twitter rookie and it came out totally wrong. It was a roommate battle, nothing more. #sorry.” — he was too late. Several Wild fans had reportedly seen and reacted to the message and worse yet, Houston Aeros captain John DiSalvatore had retweeted it.In a statement Monday night, the Wild said, “Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) apologizes for the offensive slur that was posted by Justin Fontaine on Twitter last night. Fontaine has been suspended from playing in the next two games for the Houston Aeros.”There is no word on whether disciplinary action will be taken against DiSalvatore for retweeting the slur.The Minneapolis StarTribune  reports that the NHL’s social media policy states that “players and club personnel will be held responsible for their social communications in the same manner in which they are held responsible for other forms of public communications.”Fontaine apologized again Monday night, telling a fan via Twitter that he felt “awful” about the incident, adding that “it’s a word I’ll never use again.”Read more here.

Hockey Player Justin Fontaine Suspended For Anti-Gay Slur On Twitter

The Advocate reports:

Houston Aeros forward Justin Fontaine has been suspended by his team’s NHL affiliate, the Minnesota Wild, after using an antigay on Twitter Sunday night during the Grammys.

In response to a tweet from roommate David MacIntyre about the Foo Fighters’ performance on the show, Fontaine tweeted, “I disagree, the Foo Faggots were awful. #TerribleShow #BadTaste.”

While Fontaine soon realized his mistake and deleted the message — saying, “My apologies to everyone, it was wrong. Twitter rookie and it came out totally wrong. It was a roommate battle, nothing more. #sorry.” — he was too late. Several Wild fans had reportedly seen and reacted to the message and worse yet, Houston Aeros captain John DiSalvatore had retweeted it.

In a statement Monday night, the Wild said, “Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) apologizes for the offensive slur that was posted by Justin Fontaine on Twitter last night. Fontaine has been suspended from playing in the next two games for the Houston Aeros.”

There is no word on whether disciplinary action will be taken against DiSalvatore for retweeting the slur.

The Minneapolis StarTribune  reports that the NHL’s social media policy states that “players and club personnel will be held responsible for their social communications in the same manner in which they are held responsible for other forms of public communications.”

Fontaine apologized again Monday night, telling a fan via Twitter that he felt “awful” about the incident, adding that “it’s a word I’ll never use again.”

Read more here.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Aussie Hockey Player, Gus Johnston, Comes Out

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vancouver Riots Over Hockey Loss

This so white trash. And I can tell ya that most of those people aren’t from downtown Vancouver. They must be from the suburbs. I’d say the city should block the entrance downtown by Skytrain and buses each time there’s playoffs.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sean Avery for N.Y. Marriage Equality

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Miami RedHawks Promote Gay Acceptance

The Advocate reports:

NCAA scoring champ Andy Miele says the tragic death of Brendan Burke has enlightened his hockey team’s awareness of gay issues.While homophobic slurs are kicked around as freely as a football on many sports teams across the country, Miele says there’s no place for such hatred on Miami University’s RedHawks, according to an article onOutSports.com. Having cherished and then lost their openly gay student manager, Brendan Burke, a year ago in a car accident, members of the Miami (Ohio) hockey program say they’re not afraid to hit the showers with a gay teammate or speak out against homophobia.“One stereotype that people have about gay people is that they’re predators and they’re going to come on to straight guys,” said defenseman Chris Wideman. “But the one thing I learned from Brendan is that’s not how it is. The idea that a gay guy is going to force himself on you in a shower is totally unrealistic.”Miele, who was named the 2011 Player of the Year for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, was close friend of Burke’s and remembers nights out dancing with his gay friend at a local bar. An outspoken supporter of gay acceptance both on and off the field, Miele isn’t concerned about negative reactions from other athletes or fans.“If someone wants to look down upon me because of my feelings on this issue, that’s their loss,” he said. “You play hockey because of the way you play it, not because of your outlook on certain issues.”Read the full article here.

Miami RedHawks Promote Gay Acceptance

The Advocate reports:

NCAA scoring champ Andy Miele says the tragic death of Brendan Burke has enlightened his hockey team’s awareness of gay issues.
While homophobic slurs are kicked around as freely as a football on many sports teams across the country, Miele says there’s no place for such hatred on Miami University’s RedHawks, according to an article onOutSports.com. Having cherished and then lost their openly gay student manager, Brendan Burke, a year ago in a car accident, members of the Miami (Ohio) hockey program say they’re not afraid to hit the showers with a gay teammate or speak out against homophobia.
“One stereotype that people have about gay people is that they’re predators and they’re going to come on to straight guys,” said defenseman Chris Wideman. “But the one thing I learned from Brendan is that’s not how it is. The idea that a gay guy is going to force himself on you in a shower is totally unrealistic.”
Miele, who was named the 2011 Player of the Year for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, was close friend of Burke’s and remembers nights out dancing with his gay friend at a local bar. An outspoken supporter of gay acceptance both on and off the field, Miele isn’t concerned about negative reactions from other athletes or fans.
“If someone wants to look down upon me because of my feelings on this issue, that’s their loss,” he said. “You play hockey because of the way you play it, not because of your outlook on certain issues.”
Read the full article here.