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11/27/2006

The icing on the rink: NHL grants imagery to gay film

by Jeremy Hooper

 Users T Te Techmarine 1979 Toronto Maple Leafs 1992AThe National Hockey League and the Toronto Maple Leafs have given producers of the forthcoming film Breakfast With Scot permission to use their name and logos in the gay-themed comedy. Shocking those who thought the league and team may be reluctant to allow usage of their likeness for such a movie, since gay comedy films tend to suuuucccck.

For his part, star Tom Cavanaugh (TV's "Ed"), who plays one half of the gay couple at the center of the film's plot, applauds the decision. He tells the Toronto Star:

"It's harder to tell the story asking the public to remember this is supposed to be the NHL, even though we have to call it the NHA. You have to give full credit to the NHL and the Leafs for signing on. It also shows the possibility for if someone were to come out, perhaps it wouldn't be as big a deal as we think."

And he's right -- it's likely no one would give a puck. But, of course, we'll have to wait until an actual gay player leaves the penalty box and hits the ice as his true gay self before we can gauge the reaction. For now, however, it's nice that when that player's cinematic equivalent reveals to which direction his stick is pointed, he'll be doing so in an NHL-approved jock strap. After all, isn't the road to acceptance paved with cinematic authenticity?

Movie features gay Leaf [Toronto Star]
(Hat tip: Towleroad)

*MORE: Man who claims gays are going to 'H-E-double hockey sticks' criticizes NHL for lending them officially licensed ones [G-A-Y]

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