Providence joins initiative to end homophobia in sports

Providence, RI
- The Providence Bruins, in their 21st season in the American Hockey League, today became the third AHL team to take the "You Can Play Pledge" as part of the ongoing relationship the AHL has with the You Can Play Project, which works to end homophobia in sports. In support of the You Can Play Project, the team has released a video featuring eleven players and head coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Pledge was created by the You Can Play Project as a way to encourage organizations and players to speak up against homophobia in the locker room and arena.

Providence Bruins players Carter Camper, Christian Hanson and Alden Hirschfeld have a personal connection to the Burke family and invited project co-founder and president Patrick Burke to speak to the team following a game in early December about "You Can Play." Burke and his father, former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, have made it their mission to break down the walls of homophobia in professional sports in memory of Brendan, Patrick's younger brother who passed in a tragic motor vehicle accident two years ago. At the time of his passing, Brendan was the student manager for the Miami University RedHawks men's ice hockey team, which Camper and Hirschfeld were members of.

The Providence Bruins players and personnel who took part in the video are, in order of appearance are: Bobby Robins, Christian Hanson, Chris Bourque, Tommy Cross, David Warsofsky, Alden Hirschfeld, Lane MacDermid, Colby Cohen, Carter Camper, Coach Bruce Cassidy, Max Sauvé and Niklas Svedberg.

Watch the video here.

You Can Play is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team's success. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete's skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.