The National Hockey League (NHL) is behaving towards Russia in the exact opposite manner of the NBA’s sickening adoration for China. “The National Hockey League condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and urges a peaceful resolution as quickly as possible,” the league said in a statement.
The NHL is even willing to do what the NBA won’t, which is put their money where their mouth is. “Effective immediately, we are suspending our relationships with our business partners in Russia and we are pausing our Russian language social and digital media sites.”
The NHL is also doing the exact opposite of what the MBA did when it unnecessarily removed the Baseball All-Star game out of Atlanta. “In addition, we are discontinuing any consideration of Russia as a location for any future competitions involving the NHL.”
The NHL did not shy away from the fact that many of the league’s players are, and have been, Russian-born players. “We also remain concerned about the well-being of the players from Russia, who play in the NHL on behalf of their NHL Clubs, and not on behalf of Russia,” the statement continued.
“We understand they and their families are being placed in an extremely difficult position.”
The New York Post reports on the league’s attempt to keep its members safe:
NHL agent Dan Milstein — the CEO of Gold Star Hockey who hails from Ukraine and represents several Russian players, including stars Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy — told TSN’s Darren Dreger there has been cause for concern.
“[Milstein] has raised concerns of ‘real threats’ to his Russian based clients both in-person and on social media to the NHLPA and NHL clubs with Russian born players,” Dreger tweeted. “Milstein is asking for additional security for his players in North America.”
One of the Washington Capitals star players Alex Ovechkin, a Russian who has been a public and noted supporter of Vladimir Putin delicately told reporters, “It’s a hard situation. I have family back in Russia and it is scary moments,” Ovechkin said.
“But we can’t do anything. We just hope it going to be end soon and everything is going to be all right. Please, no more war. It doesn’t matter who is in the war — Russia, Ukraine, different countries — I think we live in a world, like, we have to live in peace and a great world” he added.
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