The Russian players left playing in the Stanley Cup Final say they’re focused on field hockey and not their country’s war in Ukraine https://t.co/H8V7mahoW8
– USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 3, 2023
It’s now been over a year since Russia launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine. The two countries have been at war for some fifteen months, and a resolution of the conflict unfortunately does not seem imminent.
And considering the large proportion of Russian players in the NHL, the league is juggling a thorny issue. It doesn’t want to ban players for obvious reasons, but it wanted to find a way to dissociate itself from the whole thing.
That’s why the NHL has cut all economic ties with the KHL, and is also preventing Russian players from bringing the Stanley Cup back to their home country. That was the case last year, at least.
At least, that’s what they expect.
The USA Today article states that the NHL’s policy about not bringing the Cup to Russia is still in effect, and while Bobrovsky seems to be very focused on the series, Barbashev is a little more aware of the situation:
I don’t think the Cup will go to Russia because it didn’t last year. I can’t do anything about it, so I try not to think about it. – Ivan Barbashev
In reality, it’s a bit of a shame for the guys, who won’t have the chance to bring the trophy back to their neck of the woods. Barbashev at least had the chance when he won it in 2019 with the Blues, but Bobrovsky has never won the trophy before.
At the same time, we understand the NHL’s desire to act in a certain way in this matter. It’s just a shame that the players are collateral victims.
In short, barring a huge surprise, don’t expect to see the Stanley Cup in Russia this summer. Here’s the word from the two Russian players still in contention for the trophy.
– Remember that the CH preferred Filip Mesar to him.
Jiri Kulich has 7 goals, 11 pts in 12 playoff games with Rochester in the AHL playoffs. Was a 1st RD pick just last year by Buffalo (28th overall).
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 3, 2023
– Nice read.
A bit of reading this morning on the Golden Knights’ original gang of six players.
And the big dream of a Stanley Cup conquest for Jonathan Marchessault. https://t.co/1DJjUEr9tO
– J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumontJDM) June 3, 2023
– Aaron Judge was very touched when he learned he would become the Yankees’ captain last winter. My text on the subject.
Despite the Arson Judge rumors, he never wanted to leave. https://t.co/3V2xJtMsaK
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) June 3, 2023
Hip surgery could sideline Rafael Nadal for another five monthshttps://t.co/ko59a12zhX
– RDS (@RDSca) June 3, 2023
– It was in the air.
“Paris Saint-Germain is proud to have been able to count the best player in history among its ranks and wishes him many more successes” ⚽️ https://t.co/EAYdsxVwoh
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) June 3, 2023