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NHL/NHLPA, You Can Play draw Twitter reaction

Social media abuzz with support for project

Friday, 04.12.2013 / 10:20 AM / News

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NHL/NHLPA, You Can Play draw Twitter reaction
NHL/NHLPA You Can Play Twitter reaction

The announcement Thursday that the NHL and the NHL Players' Association have formed an official partnership with the You Can Play Project drew an immediate reaction on Twitter.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was among the most prominent to weigh in, saying, "I'm officially a hockey fan."

The You Can Play Project is an advocacy organization that fights homophobia in sports.

The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association announced the historic partnership Thursday, formalizing and advancing a long-standing commitment to make the NHL the most inclusive professional sports league in the world.

"The NHL sets the standard for professional sports when it comes to LGBT outreach and we are incredibly grateful for their help and support," said Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke, founder of the You Can Play Project. "We will work with League and NHLPA officials, teams and players to ensure that we create a more inclusive hockey community at all levels."

The official partnership with You Can Play includes a significant commitment to education and training for teams, players, media and fans, plus the production and broadcast of more public service announcements.

Here's a sampling of celebrities and NHL players who took to Twitter to express support for the initiative.

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