Brendan Burke

Brendan Burke (b. Dec. 8, 1988 – d. Feb. 5, 2010) was an athlete and student manager at Miami University for the RedHawks men’s ice hockey team. The youngest son of Brian Burke, former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and of the US Olympic hockey team, in November 2009, he made international headlines for coming out, advocating for tolerance and speaking out against homophobia in professional sports. Burke was viewed as a pioneer in advocacy against homophobia in hockey, and described as “the closest person to the NHL ever to come out publicly and say that he is gay.” He was killed in a car crash on February 5, 2010. [ Wikipedia → ]

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NHL, ‘You Can Play’ announce partnership to support gay athletes

Thursday, April 11, 2013
The National Hockey League and its players association on Thursday announced a groundbreaking partnership with the "You Can Play" project in what is likely the most comprehensive effort by a major North American sports league to support gay athletes. [ Read more → ]
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Ohio State men’s ice hockey supports ‘You Can Play’ equality project

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Ohio State University men’s hockey team has released a video in support the “You Can Play” equality project, which endeavors to foster equality, respect and safety for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
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NHL’s Washington Capitals announces support for ‘You Can Play’ equality project

Thursday, September 13, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals professional hockey team has announced it will become the latest NHL team franchise to support the “You Can Play” equality project, which endeavors to foster equality, respect and safety for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
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NHL, Burke family unveil ‘You Can Play’ campaign to end homophobia in sports

Monday, March 5, 2012
The National Hockey League has joined the growing effort by professional sports and players campaigning to end homophobia with a series of new public service announcements to encourage gay athletes to participate in sports. [ Read more → ]
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Gay athletes in sports: why you should care about Brendan Burke

Saturday, February 6, 2010
Brendan Burke died Friday. Never heard of him? Maybe I should rephrase it in a way that you might better recognize him. One of six children of Brian Burke, president and general manager of the most valuable hockey franchise in the NHL, the Toronto Maple... [ Read more → ]
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Brendan Burke dead at 21 — coming out story captured national attention in 2009

Friday, February 5, 2010
Brendan Burke, son of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, who gained national attention just months ago in a moving coming out story profiled by ESPN.com, died today in a tragic automobile accident. He was 21 years old. “We are saddened to report that... [ Read more → ]
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Coming out: Brendan Burke’s journey, a story of love and acceptance

Thursday, November 26, 2009
The son of former pro hockey player and current Toronto Maple Leafs General Mnaager Brian Burke has come out publicly as gay -- and Burke has come out just as publicly in support of his son. [ Read more → ]
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