Bruins’ Marchand: Gay teammate would be accepted, ‘no question’


Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates his goal with teammate Patrice Bergeron (37) in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 in Sunrise, Fla. (Alan Diaz/AP)

As a player who is both loved and hated around the NHL, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand is confident that the league will agree on one thing: acceptance.

Marchand is adamant that professional hockey players would accept a gay teammate if a player were to come out.

“Guys would accept it, no question,” said Marchand, in an interview with Joe McDonald of “We’re a team in the [dressing] room and a family. It doesn’t matter what different beliefs guys have, or where they come from, or whatever the case may be. Guys would accept it.

“In the room we’re a family. That’s the way it is on a hockey team, and that’s the way it will always be.”

The interview came in the aftermath of a public defence that Marchand took over the matter.

At the end of December, Marchand took to Twitter to call out a particular user who reportedly used a homophobic slur.

The original user’s tweet has since been deleted.

For Marchand, it wasn’t about standing up to a critic, but doing what is right.

“I want to stand up for what I believe in, and I don’t think it’s right when people say things or bash people because of their sexual orientation,” he said. “I have friends who are in gay relationships, and I don’t think it’s right for people to be against that. Everyone is allowed to find love whatever way that is, so I felt like that was a time to say something, especially nowadays.”

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