NHL’s Alex Ovechkin Ready to Play for Team Russia, Won’t Talk Anti-Gay Laws or Olympic Boycott


Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who played for Team Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, joined the Russian Hockey Federation this week in Moscow to help show off the new hockey jerseys for next year's Games. And while Ovechkin was quite eager to talk to reporters about the the Nike designed jerseys and his desire to see Russia win gold, he seemed less so when questioned about the controversy surrounding Russia's anti-gay 'propaganda' ban.

"[There are] calls to boycott the games?" Ovechkin said. "Our job is to play. I'd rather speak about that."

With all the media coverage around the issue, as well as other NHL stars speaking out about the anti-gay laws, it's hard to believe Ovechkin is completely unaware of the human rights violations going on in his home country… 

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