Ten additional NHL athletes have joined a video campaign in support of gay athletes.

In the second installment of the You Can Play project, James Van Riemsdyk (PHI), Mark Fayne (NJD), Frans Nielsen (NYI), Tyler Bozak (TOR), George Parros (ANA), Brandon Prust (NYR), David Steckel (TOR), Andy Greene (NJD), RJ Umberger (CBJ) and Brian Boyle (NYR) say sexual orientation is irrelevant in hockey.

“If you can play, you can play,” the athletes say in the 30-second ad. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The project's first video, which featured Rick Nash (TOR), Claude Giroux (PHI), Dion Phaneuf (TOR) and Henrik Lundqvist (NYR), among others, first aired earlier this month during an NBC Sports broadcast of a game between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins.

“The goals for You Can Play are clear,” Patrick Burke, a co-founder and a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, said in a statement. “We want to make locker rooms safe for all athletes, rather than places of fear, slurs and bullying. The casual homophobia in sports has to change, so all athletes know that what counts is whether you can play the game.”

Patrick Burke is the brother of Brendan Burke, who came out gay while manager of the Miami University ice hockey team. In 2010, he was killed in a car accident.

Burke told The Washington Post that “we've never had an openly gay active male player in any of the four big professional leagues.”

“As accepting as our [NHL] players are and our management is, we need the gay athletes who are currently in the NHL – because I believe there are some – to know just how accepting our league is. It's scary when you think you're alone, when you think you're the only one. Everyone thinks about the worst-case scenario: I'm gonna come out, and my teammates are gonna turn on me, and I'll get cut. We need to show them that that's not the case.”

Brendan Burke's father, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, appears seated next to Patrick Burke in the videos.