We are witnessing something extremely special.

The Toronto Marlies received overwhelming attention when the team came together to release their You Can Play pledge video. Players joined together and committed to a single resolve, to make their rink, their locker room, their home a place free from racist, homophobic and sexist language.

In a spirit that I can only describe as being ‘entirely Canadian’ – that of support, encouragement and unity – those in attendance at Ricoh Coliseum over the weekend offered their pledge in support of a life free of judgement based on sexual orientation. “We stand for the idea that athletes should be judged for their character, work ethic, and talent.”

It helped me appreciate how outstanding the people of this city and the supporters of this organization are.

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