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NHL suspends business dealings with Russia

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February 28, 2022

By Rory Carroll

(Reuters) – The National Hockey League said on Monday it had suspended business dealings in Russia and would no longer consider the country when reviewing venues for any NHL competition in the country. future in the context that Russia is continuing to invade Ukraine.

The NHL is also suspending its Russian-language digital and social media websites, it said in a statement.

The North American league has many famous Russian players in its ranks including Tampa Bay stars Lightning, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy and veteran Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin.

“We are also concerned with the well-being of players from Russia who play in the NHL on behalf of their NHL Club, and not on behalf of Russia,” the federation said. .

“We understand they and their families are being put in a very difficult situation.”

Russia has called its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” that it says is aimed not at occupying territory but aimed at destroying its southern neighbor’s military capabilities and capturing what it sees as threats. dangerous nationalist.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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