Orpik joins You Can Play initiative - 05-17-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik is the lastest NHL player to join the You Can Play initiative "which is is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation."

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The group was founded in part by Patrick Burke, a scout with the Flyers who is the son of Maple Leafs president/general manager Brian Burke. Their brother/son Brendan Burke was a student manager with Miami, Ohio hockey who made headlines when it was revealed in December of 2009 he was gay. In February of 2010, Brendan Burke was killed in an automobile accident.

Earlier this year, Patrick Burke helped start the You Can Play group with the help of several NHL stars:

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