Olympic NHLers stand up against anti-gay law in Russia

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo speaks to the media during Canada's Olympic men's hockey...

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo speaks to the media during Canada's Olympic men's hockey team orientation camp at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI AGENCY)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

It was a subject Sidney Crosby could have shown his uncanny ability to stickhandle around.

But the Pittsburgh Penguins star centre who is arguably the best hockey player in the world gave a cross-check to Russia's law designed to crack down on gay rights.

"I think everyone has an equal right to play, and I think we've been supporting that," Crosby said Sunday of the ambiguous law passed in June in Russia which has caused uproar around the world. "Those laws are something. I don't agree with it, personally."

Crosby, who is among the 46 NHLers in Calgary attending the orientation camp for the men's hockey team which will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, was one of many willing to speak out against the law, which doesn't forbid "non-traditional" sexual orientation but bans anything which can be perceived as propaganda to minors, such as gay-pride parades and public displays of affection.


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