Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec (19) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal with teammate Max Pacioretty (17) against the Arizona Coyotes in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday, March 24, 2021 in Detroit, Mich.
(Photo: Ryan Garza, Associated Press)A team of NHL players has chosen to boycott the 2018 World Cup of Hockey, citing the Argentina’s anti-gay law.
The NHL Players’ Association said it will boycott the tournament starting on Friday in Buenos Aires because of the law.
“As a nation and as an organization, Argentina is at war with the LGBT community and has proven itself time and time again to be one of the most homophobic nations in the world,” said the union’s president, Bernie Nicholls.
“We are disappointed to see our beloved team play in Argentina this year, as they are a major contributor to our game, and a team that we respect and want to have a presence at the World Cup.”
The players’ union also announced that they will boycott next month’s NHL All-Star Game, a gathering of players, coaches and managers from around the NHL.
The World Cup begins on Feb. 7 in the United States.