Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, along with players from Mountain Vista High School (Highlands Ranch, CO) and Regis Jesuit High School (Aurora, CO) join the You Can Play team in promoting diversity and inclusion for all, including LGBT athletes and fans.
Drafted second overall by the Avalanche in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Gabe is a left-winger from Stockholm, Sweden – and named to the Swedish Olympic hockey team this week. At 19, Landeskog became the youngest captain in NHL history. In 2011-12, Landeskog broke the Avs’ franchise record for shots on goal by a rookie and won the NHL’s Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year.
Landeskog and the Mountain Vista and Regis Jesuit teams shot the You Can Play video as part of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s “You Can Play, Colorado!” project, promoting positive leadership across the state’s sports and student activities program.
The video also represents a milestone for You Can Play and professional sports. With Landeskog representing the Colorado Avalanche, every team in the National Hockey League has now been represented by a player voicing support LGBT athletes and fans – the first time in sports history an entire major sports league has shown support for an LGBT-specific effort.