Chicago Blackhawks hockey player Brent Sopel [pictured] will carry the Stanley Cup in the Chicago Gay Pride Parade, along with his wife and four kids. Sopel is marching in honor of Brendan Burke, the son of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, who was killed in a car accident two months after coming out late last year. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Blackhawks President John McDonough is rerouting the Stanley Cup from the NHL draft in L.A. to the parade.
“When Brendan came out, Brian stood by him, and his whole family stood by him, like every family should,” said Sopel. “We teach our kids about accepting everybody. Tolerate everybody, to understand where everyone is coming from.”