With the world following along with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the hockey world has not been immune to the discussion, and Russian athletes have faced backlash.
Today, the IIHF announced sanctions on Russia and Belarus.
The IIHF Council has suspended all Russian and Belarusian national and club teams from IIHF competitions until further notice and withdrew the hosting rights of the 2023 #WorldJuniors from Russia.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) February 28, 2022
In the KHL, two teams (Dinamo Riga and Jokerit) announced withdrawals from the KHL, and attention has increased on Russian players in the NHL.
Unfortunately, some of the attention has taken a turn for the worse as players in North America have seen death threats and anger directed towards them and their families. With that, there has been a call for more protection for those Russians in the league as animosity continues to build.
Some teams are upping their security because of this. Heard last night some Russian players have received serious death threats via DMs. https://t.co/McLMTgVQOl
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) February 28, 2022
Ukrainian-born NHL player agent Dan Milstein represents many Russians signed to NHL contracts, including Nikita Zadorov.
Zadorov took to Instagram recently to speak out against the war.
Milstein represents some of the biggest names in the NHL, including Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy, and Ilya Sorokin. He also represents five members of the San Jose Sharks organization, and of them, four are Russian natives. Hopefully, Alexander Barabanov, Alexei Melnichuk, Artemi Kniazev, and Nikolai Knyzhov will not experience the same negativity, though support for Ukraine is strong in San Jose.
There has been a marked increase in hostility toward Russian NHL’ers since Putin’s incursion, even in public forums, such as this take from Hall of Fame goaltender Dominik Hasek:
The NHL must immediately suspend contracts for all Russian players! Every athlete represents not only himself and his club, but also his country and its values and actions. That is a fact. If the NHL does not do so, it has indirect co-responsibility for the dead in Ukraine.
— Dominik Hasek (@hasek_dominik) February 26, 2022
Other proposed options carry more of a future impact, such as the one put forth by Canadian Olympian Bruce Kidd:
Being blacklisted from international sports helped pressure South Africa to abandon apartheid.
Former Canadian Olympian says the same tactic should be used on Russia and that Canada should refuse to grant new work permits/visas for Russian NHL and junior hockey players alike. https://t.co/AgXcQOUdFG
— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) February 26, 2022
For what it’s worth, I believe we have to be careful going too far the other way, like Hasek has, or like those who are threatening Milstein’s clients and other Russian NHL’ers.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 28, 2022
AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…
IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…
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Sharks continue to struggle as the trade deadline looms. (The Mercury News)
Evander Kane describes his professional prospects after this season as “uncertain” and his grievance against the San Jose Sharks as “unclear” in a court filing. (The Athletic)
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— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 27, 2022
AROUND THE NHL…
This season on ‘Dancing with the Stars’: pic.twitter.com/3G3fqo9thf
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 27, 2022
The Tampa Bay Lightning win a hard-fought Stadium Series game against the Nashville Predators. (The Tennessean)
Unfortunate COVID situations for some are providing incredible opportunities for others. (ESPN)
Jordan Greenway and Mike Grier honored by Boston University. (NHL)
The PHF’s Metropolitan Riveters debuted a new jersey. (The Hockey News)
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The Detroit Red Wings took the first step towards inclusivity:
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Tyler Toffoli acquisition working well for the Calgary Flames:
Carey Price’s return for the Montreal Canadiens delayed another week:
Four points in four games for Alexander Barabanov 😤 pic.twitter.com/eg0R6XFl33
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) May 3, 2021
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