Several NHL players, including Team Canada star Sidney Crosby, have joined the legions of international voices that have spoken out against Russia's homophobic legislation.
At a news conference on August 25 at Hockey Canada's headquarters to launch Canada's Olympic orientation camp in Calgary, Crosby, who scored Team Canada's game-winning goal in overtime at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, made his views clear.
"For me growing up in Canada, my view has always been that way," he said. "I think that everyone has an equal right to play, and I think we've been supportive of that. With the Olympics and the controversy around that I think those decisions and those laws aren't necessarily something that I agree with personally...."
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, who is also against the law, feels that athletes shouldn't boycott the Olympics but attend and protest homophobic attitudes.
"It’s hard to go into a country that supports something like that," he said. "I think as athletes we have to find a way to use it to our advantage—gay rights especially but human rights, to really move it forward."
Defenseman Dan Boyle from Ottawa, Ontario, and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steve Stamkos from Markham, Ontario, also expressed their disagreement with the Russian law.
About 10 of the 47 hockey players at the camp have endorsed the You Can Play project, which is designed to address homophobia in sport.
Meanwhile, on August 25, former Olympians marched in Ottawa's Pride parade for the first time.