The Toronto Marlies, a farm team of the Maple Leafs, held a sold-out LGBT event on Saturday featuring Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. The event was co-hosted by the Toronto Gay Hockey Association and featured a hockey shinny (the equivalent of a pick-up game) with Burke! He later Tweeted about it as only a GM can:
Marlies won! The team is having a great season. Had a great skate with the TGHA. Good guys, except for the one in a Habs sweater.
Burke spoke to TSN about skating with the gay hockey group. He also talked about the three-step program he's developing:
- Practice and teach acceptance
- Join a gay-straight alliance or PFLAG
- Stop homophobic slurs and bullying
If you haven't noticed, folks, an NHL General Manager is a huge advocate for gay equality. That's a big deal!