Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog shows support for LGBT community

11:28 AM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
Dec 12, 2013; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog (92) warms up prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
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DENVER - Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has joined the "You Can Play Project" in support of LGBT athletes and fans, the organization announced Wednesday.

The Colorado captain, who was just named to the Swedish national team for the Sochi Olympics, recorded a video with with hockey players from Mountain Vista and Regis Jesuit high schools as part of the "You Can Play, Colorado" initiative. That CHSAA program promotes diversity and no bullying in sports and student activities.

In the video, Landeskog talks about respect and says "We'll play with anyone who can help is win, and we ask our fans to respect the game by respecting everyone on the ice and everyone in the stands."

The 21-year-old Landeskog gives the NHL a representative on each of its teams who publicly support the LGBT community.

Earlier this year, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried became the first NBA player to support the Athlete Ally organization. Faried was raised by two mothers.

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