Russian players receive order from Vladimir Putin

The latest in what has been an unfortunate saga.



The Russian invasion of Ukraine that began in February of 2022 has had far reaching effects in the world of sports, which included the IIHF instituting a ban on Russian involvement in international tournaments. 

Additionally, former Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek has made no bones about voicing his opposition to Russian players participating in the National Hockey League and earning contracts following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022. He even went so far as to say that Russian superstar forward Alex Ovechkin is a a "chicken s**t" for his response to the invasion. 

The latest chapter in this unfortunate saga is that young Russian players who are still in their native country are being ordered by Russian president Vladimir Putin to remain in place, and that they aren't allowed to leave the country. 

The news came from Russian agent Shumi Babaev during a chat with MatchTV

“We have an order from the President, according to which young players should stay here – in Russia.”

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