Category Archives: Heroes

Hockey Proud

There always has to be a first. Today, with much pride, that honor goes to the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association. Today’s announcement that the National Hockey League and NHLPA will begin building inclusive policies and practices for LGBT … Continue reading

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Nick Can Play

In early 2012, we began writing about Nick, a gay high school hockey player in Minnesota. As his request, we used an alias at first; he always liked the name Zach. As the season wrapped, he gave us the OK to use … Continue reading

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…it’s how you play the game.

A lot of ink has been spilled in the wake of Brian Burke’s firing. His personality, win-loss record, failure of the Leafs to make the playoffs, or perhaps his potty mouth have all been blamed. Smarter guys than us will continue … Continue reading

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Clearing the Air, and Lifting a Weight from My Shoulders

I know I’ve hinted at it and posted some things that would lead you to believe that I am transgendered. Well, here I am, coming out officially as a trans girl. This is something I struggled with for the better … Continue reading

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On the beneficence of the Washington Capitals

Hi everyone, Ryan Lambert here. I’m writing guest posts for Puck Buddys until the Capitals are eliminated from the playoffs, which will be never. Get into it. The one thing you can say about Dale Hunter is that he is … Continue reading

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You Can Play

Thanks for Gloria Nieto for sharing her recent, in-depth conversation with Patrick Burke, scout for the Flyers and one of the co-founders of You Can Play. Burke speaks candidly about the project’s origins, the two months since launch and their plans going … Continue reading

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Zach Can Play…As Himself

For several months we’ve been posting excerpts of interviews we’ve conducted with “Zach”, a young gay hockey player who played defense for a perennial powerhouse team in the upper Midwest. He’s shared his thoughts on teamsmanship, growing up hockey, his … Continue reading

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Growing Up Hockey

In part 1, Zach talked about the hockey experience, beyond the practices and games. Here, he talks about starting to skate at 4, then his years coming up through the junior ranks and transitioning to high school play. Like many … Continue reading

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Hockey And Homework

Zach is a gay hockey player. He’s been skating since he was a kid and moved up through the ranks from his area’s youth hockey leagues to where he is now, playing D for a perennial powerhouse high school team in the … Continue reading

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“Kick the F-ing Door Down”

Apologies to Gordie Howe, but we have our own Mr. Hockey, and his name is Patrick Burke.  Ahead of an event that Patrick was keynoting over the weekend, he sat with our Leafs correspondent Andrew, for a very candid interview. … Continue reading

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