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Thank you for your courage as an example to many who are still deep in the closet.  I am an ice hockey player that is petrified much as you were.  There is a price for being OUT.  I know as you have stated that once OUT all issues seem to go by the wayside.  I have discovered that there are many ice hockey players that are SHY about their sexuality.  My boyfriend used to come watch me play and it seemed not to be an issue.  In fact, at another rink, I brought a separate guy as a date to the league XMAS party.  It was a hoot.  

At a later time, I had a fellow player come OUT to me.  He was also petrified.  He was in tears.  I was honored that he chose me to disclose not only his sexuality but his desire to be OUT.  I saw him later at a local mall  with his boyfriend and he was beaming ear to ear . . . relieved of the burden of the closet.  Let's get that door open to the closet ALL the way so that our manhood is no longer linked to our sexuality and our ability to be a great sportsmen.