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Getzlaf was recently one of many NHL players that used rainbow-colored “Pride Tape” on his stick to support the You Can Play organization for the inclusion of LGBT athletes in sports. It was part of an online fundraiser for You Can Play and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta. Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford is among backers of the campaign.

“We have a responsibility to show the world, as role models, that we can adapt in any situation and be friendly and be available for everybody,” Getzlaf said.

Both local teams are involved. Ryan Kesler is the Ducks’ ambassador for You Can Play, as is Dustin Brown for the Kings.

“The world’s changing and everything’s going in the direction where’s it’s acceptable to be free and be who you are,” Getzlaf said.

—  From this LA Times Article by Curtis Zupke, 8 February 2017.