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Czech government won’t issue visas to Russian NHL players until 2022 Global Series in Prague


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The Czech Republic announced this week that it would not issue visas to players born in Russia before the NHL World Series, which kicks off next month with a game in Prague between the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks.

Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek said in a statement that the government had sent a letter to the NHL informing them of their decision, citing their position on The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February and an assault has continued since.

The NHL logo on April 24, 2022 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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“We can confirm that the Czech Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the NHL to emphasize that, for the time being, the Czech Republic or any other state in the Schengen zone (without a visa) should not issue visas to Russian players to enter our territory,” the statement read.

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The ministry added that it had informed the league “about ongoing negotiations on banning entry to citizens of the Russian Federation who had previously received valid visas”.

The NHL announced in February that international games were returning for the first time since 2019 with clashes between the Predators and the Sharks and colorado avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets – the latter set to be played in Tampere, Finland in November.

Yakov Trenin of the Predators celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 9, 2022 in Nashville.

Yakov Trenin of the Predators celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 9, 2022 in Nashville.
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Although the rosters have not been finalized, the Sharks and Predators will be affected by the Czech government’s decision.

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25-year-old Nashville center Yakov Trenin was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia and represented his native country at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, where he won a bronze medal.

The Sharks’ Russian-born striker Evgeny Svechnikov will also be questionable. He represented Russia at the world junior champions, winning a silver medal before his NHL career.

Evgeny Svechnikov of the Winnipeg Jets on the ice against the Seattle Kraken at the Canada Life Center on May 1, 2022, in Manitoba.

Evgeny Svechnikov of the Winnipeg Jets on the ice against the Seattle Kraken at the Canada Life Center on May 1, 2022, in Manitoba.
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The department declined to say whether the NHL responded.

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Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský, who was in New York this week for the United Nations General Assemblygave a speech in which he denounced Russian aggression.

“Russia’s unjustifiable, unprovoked and illegal war of aggression against Ukraine not only flagrantly violates the Charter of the United Nations. It seriously damages the world economy and the food security of many countries together in this room. It poses a grave threat to the rules-based international order. It harms all UN member states,” he said. in a report.

“Czechia fully supports the sovereignty, unity and independence of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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