Hockey Player Matt Hendricks Wants to End Homophobia in the Locker Room

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on September 11 2012 6:57 PM ET

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks says it's time for homophobia to end in hockey's arenas.

Hendricks is the latest subject of videos for the You Can Play project, which encourages gay athletes to come out and their teammates to welcome them.

On Monday, Hendricks told The Washington Post that in his hockey career, a lot of hurtful words were slung around in locker rooms that could have harsh ramifications to many of the players.

In the video, he says, "Hockey takes courage. It takes courage to block shots. It takes courage to pay the price in the corner or to fight for your teammates. It shouldn't take courage to go into your own locker room."

Ither contributors to the project include athletic departments in schools such as Duke University and George Washington University.