Brian Burke, the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and his son Patrick Burke, scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, continue Brendan Burke's fight for gay rights in hockey.
Brian Burke’s son Brendan was the first person to fight for gay rights in professional hockey.Sadly, Brendan Burke died in a car accident in Indiana, in February, 2010. The Burke family has continued his fight for gay rights with the start of the You Can Play Project. The Mission Statement of the You Can Play Project includes:
You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.
National Hockey League stars, many of them captains, have joined the cause to stop homophobia in hockey through video messages. They include:
Rick Nash, Duncan Keith, Brian Boyle, Matt Moulson , Joffrey Lupul, Claude Giroux, Daniel Alfredsson ,Scott Hartnell, Corey Perry, Andy Greene ,Dion Phaneuf , Henrik Lundqvist
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Sun, Mar 4, 2012
Finally, we would like to direct your attention to Patrick Burke's moving tribute to his brother Brendan: Never forgotten: Patrick Burke remembers his pioneering brother, Brendan