You Can Play

LGBTQ athletes. Allies. Teaming up for respect.

Team Captains: Chara and Pominville

One is the biggest man ever to play in the National Hockey League.  The other is potentially the most gentlemanly player in the NHL.  Together, they're the first two team captains to be featured in the You Can Play campaign.

Slovakian Zdeno Chara, at 6'9", is the tallest player in the history of the NHL.  He's climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, speaks seven languages, and captains the Boston Bruins.  The 16th permanent captain in Buffalo Sabres history, Jason Pominville, is widely regarded as one of the best sports in the NHL, having been nominated for the NHL's Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and having won the QMJHL's Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy for gentlemanly play.

Chara and Pominville stepped up early for the You Can Play Project.  Both men were filmed at the 2012 All-Star Game in Ottawa.  Both men were clear about their willingness to end homophobia in sports by standing up for any teammate who might be gay.

You Can Play is grateful to Zdeno and Jason for leading the way.  Watch for additional team captains over the next few days.