The Islanders would welcome a gay teammate, Casey Cizikas said over the weekend as the team raised awareness for the LGBTQ community.
"I think so," Cizikas said about welcoming a gay teammate, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday, while speaking at the Islanders' You Can Play Awareness night. "We're a big family. Whoever it is, we're going to welcome them with open arms. Every team is a family, and it takes every single person to bring that family together. It would definitely be big for the sport."
The "You Can Play Awareness night" began after Brendan Burke -- the son of Flames president Brian Burke, came out in 2009. Brendan was killed in a car accident in 2010.
"It's become a real big issue and a lot of people are realizing what they can and can't say," Cizikas added. "It's very serious. To bring the NHL family and the community together, it's big for everybody."