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Mike Grier clarifies Sharks’ stance on Czech guidelines for Russian players

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Grier clarifies Sharks position on Czech rules for Russian players originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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Two weeks before the San Jose Sharks visited Prague at the opening of the season, general manager Mike Grier made clear his position on the possibility of the Czech Republic denying visas to visiting Russian NHL players.

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“Either we all go, or no one goes,” Grier told reporters on the opening day of the training camp.

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This is in response to recent reports that the Czech Republic, in solidarity with Ukraine, will not welcome Russian NHL players to their country for the upcoming Global Series between the San Jose Sharks and the Nashville Predators. For the Sharks, this could include wingers Alexander Barabanov and Evgeny Svechnikov, among others.

To the condemnation of much of the international community, Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February 2022 and is still waging war there.

Against this backdrop, San Jose and Nashville are scheduled to open the NHL regular season on October 7 and 8 at the O2 Arena in Prague.

“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 [visa free] The Schengen area should not issue visas to Russian players to enter our territory,” Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek said in a statement.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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