Tuesdays with Dani: You Can Play

On Sunday, during the NBC Game of the Week's first intermission, Patrick Burke launched "You Can Play" with a public service announcement aimed at creating a level playing field in the sport, regardless of sexual orientation. The PSA video can be found at the end of this post.

Burke spreads the message of inclusion to help carry on the legacy of his brother Brendan Burke. In a piece written by Bruce Arthur of the National Post, "A few weeks after Patrick Burke made his brother Brendan swear on the Stanley Cup that he really was gay — that was what the boys always did when you wanted to prove something, swear on the Stanley Cup — he went to Brendan and he apologized. He said he was sorry if he ever said anything, did anything, to make Brendan feel uncomfortable before his younger brother came out of the closet to his family in December of 2007"

Over 30 hockey players have gotten involved with You Can Play and for the remainder of the season, additional spots will air to get the message across. For more information on the initiative, visit the website YouCanPlayProject.org.

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The rest of your links after the jump...

  • The Detroit Red Wings are so hard hit by injuries on their blue line that they almost sound like they miss Mike Commodore (The Hockey Writers)
  • Ken Campbell has thoughts on the 30 NHL teams. His thought on the Lightning: The difference between Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin? Stamkos has changed his game, has developed a power forward’s mentality and is now getting goals from all over the ice, including the dirty areas. Ovechkin, meanwhile, hasn’t changed one thing since he entered the league. (The Hockey News)

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