For Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, courage is about the on-ice dangers of his sport, not about what might happen in locker rooms. In supporting LGBT athletes and You Can Play, Hendricks says, “It’s time to end casual homophobia.”
“I’m honored to join many other athletes and show my support for You Can Play,” said Hendricks. “I believe in equality for all people, and everyone should be able to be given a fair opportunity to compete and play the game they love.”
From Blaine, Minnesota, the St. Cloud State alumnus made his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche before signing with the Washington Capitals. The Avalanche and the Capitals both have nominated Hendricks for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport.