Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Detroit Red Wings Center Pavel Datsyuk is one of the great players of his generation.  His career goal line should show that to be the case:  255-512-767 in NHL play.  As a St. Louis Blues fan I can attest to the continued pain and suffering he has inflicted on my team.  He has done it really politely, but the score is often in the favor of the winged wheel when playing the Blues, because of Datsyuk.  Given his repeated Lady Byng Trophy victories, he is rather the last person you would expect to incite a controversy.  Nevertheless he has, although arguably it had less to do with him and more to do with the fact he dared to express his freely considered opinion without bowing to American conventional wisdom.  Datsyuk was asked his opinion of laws in Russia that, while they do not outlaw homosexuality, make it a crime to promote that lifestyle publicly.  His simple answer was, "I'm orthodox and that says it all."   In other words he is in line with what the Russian Orthodox Church bel...
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