This story was inevitable. Russia’s strict laws regarding gay people and the upcoming Sochi Olympics have put some of our favorite players in awkward position. Luckily, Alex Ovechkin acquitted himself perfectly well during media time on Monday. Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk did not fare as well. This is going to get worse before it gets better.

Note: My opinion is my own and does not necessarily reflect all of RMNB.

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  • Mikhail Gorbachev

    Bravo, Peter & RMNB!

  • oldfogey

    in general, i dont like stories that are audio or video only… i just like to read things online and dont want to watch videos– especially at work.

    -old fogey

  • dylan wheatley

    where do i pick up my free pussy riot

  • ba dum dum

  • thanks Mickey

  • Derek Eklund

    Great video.

  • Regina

    ok, so you want Ovechkin to admit what, that he approves of gay people
    or that he does not approve? He was asked a question and he gave an
    answer – that should be it – it doesn’t mean he is not a “team leader” –
    I personal think Brooks Laich should have been our captain but that’s a
    completely different discussion. This is just one hockey girl’s opinion
    – I don’t understand why politics have to be involved with sports
    and/or athletes anyway.

  • Owen Johnson

    Good post. Kudos to Ovi for his response to the question. Kudos to HoltBEAST for his answer too. My man crush on him has deepened.

  • I’m sure I didn’t say Ovi is not a team leader in that video.

    And I’m sure I also lamented politics trampling over sports at the start of the video– right after I explained why it’s happening.


  • oldfogey

    1.) Discrimination based on sexual orientation is wrong, but discrimination based on age is OK. Good to know.

    2.) My point is valid… some people prefer to read.

  • Regina

    I was agreeing in a general way that politics should not be involved in sports – as for the team leader thing – I will have to re-watch it – but right now I have to work – be back later

  • Jesser

    LOVE this. There aren’t enough things I can do to like this publicly.

  • Alice

    Also – some of us can’t watch videos at work, and I do 90% of my blog reading at work.
    Also – you’re right oldfogey.

  • No, age discrimination is wrong. Of course.

    But you signed the comment as Old Fogey! Of course I didn’t take it 100% seriously. Do I really have to defend myself for making fun of you for that? Haha.

    In reality, I appreciate the feedback, but it’s not very constructive. 99% of our stories our written already. We’re experimenting with video, especially with opinion pieces right now. I completely understand if these are harder to view during the workday. It’s something to consider. Maybe we post them later at night, or that’s when you watch them. I used to not even have speakers on my old PC at work.

  • Brindie Frye

    great soap box. great clip of bowie. seafood is terrible. are you georgia’s pimp?


  • Brindie Frye

    you’re welcome.

  • oldfogey


    Thank you for taking the time to respond, I really do appreciate it.

    I am actually not old (I am 23), but I am a bit of a fogey. I started the age-ism with my username, so really I shouldn’t be calling you out on it… but I do hold firm to that point.

    I also appreciate you taking into consideration the timing and use of non-text blog posts.

    I used the guest name because I did not feel like signing in to anything at work.

    Also, while it is some-what on topic, I would like to use this gif:

  • Haha. 😀

    Totally. And maybe we write a little bit more of our opinion or quote ourselves in the content underneath. We can always “cover our coverage” better for folks like yourself who do not have video capabilities during the day.

    Really, we love constructive criticism. We want to be good for you guys because if there was no “you guys” this would be much less rewarding.

  • dylan wheatley

    joking aside, great update.

  • Annie Lockyer

    (Standing ovation) (slow, nonsarcastic clap)

    This is why I love this blog. Great video, Peter.

  • fogliz


    (and here’s another vote for also providing a written version)
    (I am old)

  • Andrew

    So in the NHL everyone can play, unless, you know, they’re Orthodox. Or, by extension, Catholic. Or Mormon. Or a member of many groups of Evangelicals, Jews, or Muslims. Or happen to be in the majority of African Americans. But yeah, everyone else can play.

    Everyone has the right to voice their opinion, from sports stars to sports bloggers, but can’t we just stick to hockey?

  • Your logic does not resemble our earth logic.

    I’m not telling anyone they can’t play. I’m saying the opposite. I’m saying that telling people they can’t play is naughty.

    I’ll go a step further and say setting up a firewall between faith and public policy is good idea too!

    You’re free to stick to hockey, but we’ve been talking all kinds of stuff on the periphery of hockey for years here and it’s gone swimmingly well so far– as long as it’s done in a spirit of kindness.

  • I’m afraid we don’t have the budget for manual captioning (or any budget at all for that matter). I’m totally okay with it if you just wanna watch the video over like 10-15 times though.

  • The Olympics are almost always politically charged.

    Jessie Owens vs the Arian Nation for example.

  • drew

    idk…im all for gay rights but its not for a hockey star to be a human rights/gay advocate…and who knows..maybe some of these guys religions (orthodox christianity) are against it…i guess you are anti orthodox-christisan..its hockey..

  • SM74

    Good job, Peter. This Russian approves.

  • Catherine__M

    The inclusion of one group of people does not necessitate the exclusion of others. The goal of the You Can Play campaign is MORE inclusion–hockey for all.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    I don’t like to assume what a person’s opinion is. But I wonder if I would want to hear Alex Ovechkin assert his leadership by saying that he thinks being gay is wrong. Prolly not. I think I’d rather him just say nada.

    I enjoyed this video. Well shot and well edited. Bravo!