Prokop made the announcement on Instagram, saying, "From a young age I have dreamed of being an NHL player, and I believe that living my authentic life will allow me to bring my whole self to the rink and improve my chances of fulfilling my dreams."
He told ESPN that since coming out to Predators management in June, he has received support behind the scenes from the NHL. Now that Prokop has announced it publicly, there has been an outpouring of support from the hockey community, with players and teams reaching out on social media.
NHLPA statement from Executive Director Don Fehr in support of Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop who has shared his truth. pic.twitter.com/rfOI4cPwds— NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 19, 2021
The Nashville Predators organization is proud of Luke for the courage he is displaying in coming out today and we will support him unequivocally in the days, weeks, and years to come as he continues to develop as a prospect. #HockeyIsForEveryone https://t.co/43grM47dJO— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) July 19, 2021
Much respect & support Luke! https://t.co/FiHufjisRb— Mitchell Marner (@Marner93) July 19, 2021
All of us across the WHL are incredibly proud of you, Luke.— The WHL (@TheWHL) July 19, 2021
Your leadership is inspiring & your courage will help so many others in the LGBTQ+ community. https://t.co/CShLeNxaGf
We're so proud of you, Luke.— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) July 19, 2021
Representation matters and your courage will help so many others. We hope that future athletes won't need to make these sort of statements & we remain committed to promoting inclusion & acceptance in our sport & supporting the LBGTQ+ community. https://t.co/tqoxNY8tZJ
When people feel empowered to be their authentic self, the world becomes a better place. Thank you, Luke, for being such an incredible representative for the Calgary Hitmen and our community. We're so proud that you're a member of the CSEC family. https://t.co/Zl3UfBvFD4— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 19, 2021
Proud of you, Luke!— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 19, 2021
Your Devils hockey family supports you. 🏳️🌈 https://t.co/A8t5whPIGa
Rooting for you Luke.— Connor Carrick (@connorcarrick) July 19, 2021