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From the Branches: 34 of 35 NHL players would accept gay teammate

See that, NFL?

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Good morning from Orlando! The sun is rising later and later, and the temperature has dropped from near 40C to a positively chilly 29. In short, I feel summer fading, which means -- HOCKEY!!!!111 Yay.


NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate | USA today
"I’m not surprised by that," said Calgary Flames president Brian Burke. "I’m disappointed by the one player. I don’t think our players have an issue with gay players. I think the first player to come out is going to find an unbelievably welcome reception. I think my generation has a bigger problem than their generation when it comes views on the gay community."

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