Lundqvist declines to comment on Russia's anti-gay laws
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who is also the incumbent starter for the Swedish team at the upcoming 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia is an active supporter of the "You Can Play" project, which promotes tolerance for gay athletes.
Lundqvist and several of his possible Tre Kronor teammates met with the Swedish press on Tuesday, and were asked about Russia's controversial anti-gay laws. The Rangers goaltender and his teammates uniformly declined to comment.
"I have no problem with talking about some of my views in other contexts," Lundqvist told Expressen (via google translate), "but when it comes to the Olympics, I think you should just focus on the sport."
The world's foremost practioner of the dark arts of puck-stopping is on record extensively on the subject of tolerance for the gay community. "A lot of times that's what it takes, just to talk about it and get it out there so it's not uncomfortable for people," Lundqvist told the NY Daily News in April, "If someone is gay, I hope he feels comfortable talking about it."
Several of these controversial laws, like the ban on "propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations" have attracted major attention over the past several weeks. The Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has insisted, while contradicting the understanding of the IOC, that these laws will be fully enforced during the games.