Todd Reynolds, who represents several NHL players, has criticized New York Rangers winger Sean Avery's endorsement of gay marriage.

The 31-year-old hockey player recorded a video released on Saturday for the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign.

“I treat everyone the way I expect to be treated and that applies to marriage,” Avery said in his 30-second video ad.

“Committed couples should be able to marry the person they love,” he added. “Join me in supporting marriage equality.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

On Monday, Reynolds, the vice president of Ontario, Canada-based Uptown Sports Management, tweeted: “Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of same-gender 'marriage.' Legal or not, it will always be wrong.” Canada legalized gay marriage in 2005.

In a radio interview broadcast Monday with TSN Radio 1050, Reynolds defended his stance.

“There's certainly a voice for the other side on this particular issue,” he said. “I was merely responding to be the other voice. I believe in standing up for what you believe in. I'm passionate about what I believe in. And I believe in morality and I believe in right and wrong. I know many people with different viewpoints for what is right and wrong.”

The negative response, Reynolds added, was disappointing.

“I'm a little disappointed in some of the response,” he said. “If you oppose a viewpoint, you're immediately targeted by some people as a hater, a bigot, intolerant, homophobic and many other terms. That's obviously not the case for people who know me. I don't hate anyone and I'm certainly not a bigot.”

The New York Rangers promoted Avery's video on the team's official Facebook page and tweeted the news.