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Czech government tells NHL that Russian players are unwelcome at 2022 Global Series in Prague

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Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine could affect the NHL Global Series between the San Jose Sharks and the Nashville Predators in Prague next month. The Czech government has told the NHL that Russian players cannot come to the matches. according to ESPN report.

Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek released a statement confirming that the country had informed the NHL that it would not issue visas to Russian players to travel to the games.

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“We can confirm that the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a letter to the NHL stating that at the moment the Czech Republic or any other state in the (visa-free) Schengen area should not issue visas to Russian players for entry. our territory,” Smolek said in a statement.

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The Sharks and Predators are scheduled to kick off the regular season with games at the O2 Arena in Prague on October 7 and 8. With NHL training camp just beginning, the final rosters for each team are far from determined, but Nashville forwards Yakov Trenin and San Jose forwards Alexander Barabonov and Evgeniy Svechnikov are likely to suffer from the Czech government’s policies.

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Hall of Fame goaltender and Czech native Dominik Hasek has been candid about his desire for the NHL to ban Russian players from the Global Series.

The San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators NHL game is scheduled to take place in Prague in October. Hasek tweeted in April.. “If the NHL (given the situation) wants to allow any Russian player to play in this game, I will consider this an inexcusable act.”

Hasek also said he would work hard “so that this match doesn’t take place in our country”. This included, according to Hasek, meetings with government officials.

The Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets are also set to host their own Global Series games in Finland later this year, but so far the country has not released an official policy for Russian athletes to participate in those games.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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