Ilya Lyubushkin is citing an anti-gay Kremlin law and fears of retribution at home in Russia for electing not to participate in the Buffalo Sabres' pregame warmup on the team's Pride night, when players are expected to wear rainbow-colored jerseys in support of the LGBTQIA+ community.

The team announced Lyubushkin's decision Monday morning. Lyubushkin, 28, is from Moscow, where he has family and visits regularly in the offseason.