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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:09 PM

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Manny Malhotra teams up with You Can Play

…Canucks centreman to march in 2012 Pride Parade

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malhotra, and You Can Play co-founder, Patrick Burke, will march in the Vancouver 2012 Pride Parade, on Sunday, August 5th. The Canucks centre is the third professional hockey player to participate in Pride events this year under the You Can Play banner. Tommy Wingels of the San Jose Sharks and Vincent LoVerde, of the Ontario Reign, marched in Chicago on June 24th.

Malhotra joins Canucks teammates Ryan Kesler and the Sedins, Daniel and Henrik, in lending his name and efforts to You Can Play, an organization dedicated to eliminating homophobia in sports. He is among more than 50 elite NHL players who have taped PSAs and spoken in favor of changing the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing solely on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.

On Malhotra’s efforts, Burke said, "You Can Play is proud and honored to have the Vancouver Canucks and Manny Malhotra join us in supporting LGBT athletes and fans. Vancouver has a wonderful LGBT community and a passionate hockey community. We are thrilled to see the Canucks working to bring those two groups closer together. Having a well-respected warrior in Manny stand up along with Henrik, Daniel, Ryan, and dozens of other NHLers around the League gives hope to young LGBT hockey players everywhere."

Burke, a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, appeared in the debut You Can Play public service announcement in March, with his father, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brian Burke. The PSA was showcased on an NBC NHL Game of the Week broadcast. Since then, the group’s website has featured an additional 20 PSAs done by NHL, AHL, OHL and NCAA athletes. Dozens of additional athletes have spoken in support of You Can Play, with Malhotra, being the most recent.

“I’m thrilled to be able to show my support for You Can Play,” said Manny Malhotra. “It’s paramount that equality in sport, and beyond, becomes the norm. Everybody has the right to play the game they love. I am excited to share this message of equality and show my support this Sunday.”

Burke and Malhotra will march with players from the Vancouver Cutting Edges. Founded to play in the Gay Games in New York in 1994, they are the only gay hockey club in Western Canada.
Emblematic of pro athletes’ embrace of the You Can Play mission, Wingels, an advisory board member of the organization said, “I decided to march because it was a great way to show support for You Can Play. I felt it was important to show that I was an ally, and that there are many others out there as well. I think it is important to be an ally and show that the game of hockey welcomes everybody, regardless of who they are.”

Joining them all at Sunday’s march will be another representative from the Canucks organization, Fin, the team’s mascot.

The You Can Play website, home to the player PSAs that promote the organization’s goals and positive messages, is augmented on social media channels, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.


Good for Manny and the team to support this cause.

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Edited by hockeyville88, 01 August 2012 - 03:18 PM.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:10 PM

:towel:



Edit: cheering for Manny and the repost

Edited by Shift-4, 01 August 2012 - 03:29 PM.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:11 PM

Respect.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:11 PM

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"Sports, for me, is designed to be all-inclusive." - Malhotra

"When I heard about @YouCanPlayTeam I thought it was an incredible step not just for hockey, but for all sport." - Malhotra

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:12 PM

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I'm happy to see not just Malhotra, but several players joining the You Can Play initiative.

I could only imagine what it must be like to be a homosexual athlete in today's macho locker rooms.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:13 PM

Once again, I support Manny and the Canucks for participating.

Good on them.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:15 PM

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Being a gay fan, myself, this made me really happy to read. Too bad I can't make it up to Vancouver this weekend to cheer them on in the parade.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:15 PM

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Vancouver looking more and more like a great place for the first gay hockey player to come out of. With the Sedins and Kesler repping YCP, and Malhotra doing this, it looks like the entire leadership team is on the same side here. Absolutely inspirational to see.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:15 PM

Such a classy guy. I hope he stays with the Canucks for a while. Great guy.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:20 PM

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I love Manny. And at the risk of going off-topic, I would in all honesty rather cheer for a guy like Manny and fall short of the Cup, then cheer for a bigot and win the Cup.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:21 PM

:towel: Malhotra will be joined by Fin. Great cause, good to hear.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:21 PM

Thanks for reposting :)

This is really great to see. The more accepted and respected a person is in their environment, the more he or she will be motivated to do well and the more pleasant their experience will be.

Good on Manny for marching in the parade.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:23 PM

I love Manny. And at the risk of going off-topic, I would in all honesty rather cheer for a guy like Manny and fall short of the Cup, then cheer for a bigot and win the Cup.


I agree. Love that the Canucks value good community orientated players. Can always cheer for ppl you like that give it 100 %. Way to go Canucks and manny.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:26 PM

Everyone has their beliefs. Very glad to see Malhotra doing this. I like seeing people standing up and being passionate on topics that they strongley support
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:28 PM

Everyone has their beliefs. Very glad to see Malhotra doing this. I like seeing people standing up and being passionate on topics that they strongley support


Hypothetically if someone was anti-gay, this would be a perfect way to write a post.



(not saying that you're against it HS, just a perfect example)
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:30 PM

Hypothetically if someone was anti-gay, this would be a perfect way to write a post.



(not saying that you're against it HS, just a perfect example)

Agreed. Or simply not to post at all.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:39 PM

Thanks for re-posting CoNie. This announcement deserves to be recognized and applauded on CDC.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:56 PM

That is great. Manny is one of the classiest guy in the NHL. Fin is probably the most classiest mascot in the NHL :D Way to go both Manny and Fin
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:03 PM

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I played on a team with a gay dude. Nobody gave a ....
He wasn't very good at playing hockey, but oh well. You play to have fun.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:05 PM

Thanks for remaking this thread. It's a great thing Manny is doing, joining some of his teammates in standing up for a this cause.

What a great group of players we have in Vancouver, we really are lucky.

Edit: The inclusion of Fin is a great move by the Canucks organization too.

Edited by Raiun, 01 August 2012 - 04:21 PM.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:23 PM

Thank you Manny and thanks also to the Vancouver Canucks and their support!
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:32 PM

I love having some really good guys in the Canucks leadership department, great to see.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:38 PM

WOW
Totally proud to see my favorite hockey team being part of the Gay Pride Parade.
Congrats to the Canuck's organisation and the players to support the "You Can Play" program.

I guess I won't be wearing rainbow colors on Sunday but will proudly wear my Canucks t-shirt.
WAY TO GO CANUCKS !
Thanks Manny & Finn to be there with the Cutting Edges Gay Hockey team.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:43 PM

go manny go!!
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:11 PM

The ideal world is the world where sexual preference is not something anyone even notices. In that world there is no difference between a gay athlete and a straight athlete. That's why I support this cause. Good on Malhotra and the Canucks organization.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:13 PM

such a classy guy, he's a great leader and even a better role model :D
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:17 PM

Way to go Manny!
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Call up Timmy Thomas and see if he wants to participate.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:15 PM

Manny is a really good guy in the community
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:23 PM

Kudos to Manny and the Canucks organization for supporting a worthwhile cause!
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