Swedish NHL star painted rainbow flag on the helmet – “shouldn’t have to be a big deal”

26-year-old Anders Nilsson wanted to show his support. "It was time to become the first goalie in the NHL to become a spokesperson for the LGBTQ community."

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Anders Nilsson

Bengt Per Anders Nilsson a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).

It was in early December that the small Pride flag on the helmet Anders attention of the Buffalo News.

“I have a couple friends who are gay, and life hasn’t been easy for them growing up,” Nilsson said. “It’s time that hockey starts to pay some attention to that” he said to Buffalo News.

The funny thing was that I had that rainbow flag on the helmet since the season began, says Anders Nilsson in an interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen, according to QX.se.

Photo By Frankie Fouganthin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons