Finland, Sweden to drop players from Russian hockey league teams | Russia-Ukraine war News

Finnish, Swedish hockey gamers enjoying in Russia-based league is not going to be chosen for nationwide groups, associations say.

Finnish and Swedish ice hockey gamers enjoying within the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and different leagues in Russia is not going to be chosen for his or her nationwide groups, the 2 nations’ ice hockey associations have stated.

The transfer adopted Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a “particular army operation”.

“The place of the Finnish Hockey Affiliation is that gamers enjoying in Russia subsequent season won’t be able to play for the nationwide workforce,” the Finnish Ice Hockey Affiliation stated in a press release on Monday.

Finnish membership Jokerit withdrew from the KHL in late February, days after the invasion.

The Swedish Ice Hockey Affiliation (SIF) stated it was leaning in direction of not choosing Swedish gamers plying their commerce within the KHL, however will make a proper choice after the season ends.

“However what we will now state is that not one of the gamers who participated in the course of the playoffs within the KHL are eligible for the World Cup event in Finland,” the SIF stated in a press release.

Finland is internet hosting the 2022 males’s World Championship from Could 13-29.

As many as 31 Finnish and 30 Swedish gamers have been on KHL rosters, in accordance with the league’s web site, however solely a handful stay following Jokerit’s withdrawal and a number of other gamers selecting to go away their golf equipment following the invasion.

Finland’s males’s ice hockey workforce received Olympic gold in Beijing in February, beating the Russian Olympic Committee workforce within the remaining. Sweden completed fourth.

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