Henrik Zetterberg, Victor Hedman slam Russia's anti-gay law

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman (above), along with Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik...

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman (above), along with Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg criticized Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. (MIKE CARLSON/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 6:27 PM ET

The global outcry against Russia's controversial anti-gay propaganda law now has backing from at least two prominent NHL players.

Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg and Tampa Bay Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman -- both surefire Team Sweden contributors at next February's Sochi Olympics -- sounded off this week to Aftonbladet , a newspaper in their home country.

"Awful, just awful," said Zetterberg, as translated by TheScore.com.

"I think everyone should be able to be themselves. It's unbelievable that it can be this way in this time, especially in a big country like Russia."

Added Hedman: "That's completely wrong, we're all humans. No one should have a say in what way you're sexually oriented."

Critics of the anti-gay propaganda law say it essentially disallows gay rights rallies and could be used to prosecute those voicing support for homosexuals.

Despite harsh criticism from politicians and athletes over the past month, Russia has not backed down, insisting the law will stay in place throughout the Olympics.


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