Detroit Red Wings Captain Henrik Zetterberg over the weekend criticized a Russian law that outlaws “gay propaganda” to minors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in June signed the law which outlaws the public promotion of gay rights. Passage of the law has sparked worldwide condemnation, including calls to boycott the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi in February.

“I think that everyone should be able to be themselves,” Zetterberg, 32, is quoted as saying by the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet. “It's unbelievable that it can be this way in this time, especially in a big country like Russia.”

Zetterberg called the law “awful, just awful.”

Fellow Swedish professional hockey player Victor Hedman, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning, called the law “wrong”: “That's completely wrong, we're all humans. No one should have a say in what way you're sexually oriented.”

On Monday, Patrick Burke, co-founder of You Can Play, the anti-homophobia in sports campaign, also blasted the law, calling it “draconian.”

(Related: You Can Play's Patrick Burke opposes Olympic boycott over Russian anti-gay law.)