Discussions about Russian hockey players at the NHL game in Prague continue. As the eXXpress already reported, the National Hockey League, the best ice hockey league in the world, will be visiting the Golden City on August 7th. The San Jose Sharks take on the Nashville Predators. The problem: The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not want to let players from Russia play. The reason for this is the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.
The Czech goalkeeper legend Dominik Hasek has repeatedly campaigned in recent days not to let ice hockey stars from Russia play. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic even wrote a letter to NHL officials. It would not be in the interest of the republic if Russian ice hockey players played. The National Hockey League has not yet responded.
Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský stressed that no new visa will be issued to Russian players. However, if you have an old visa, it remains valid. “It remains the case that Russian players should not be granted visas in the territory of the Schengen area. If they already have valid visas, they should be allowed to enter the country, but this may change due to the ongoing negotiations,” Lipavský stressed.
San Jose Sharks manager Mike Gier told AP agency: “We are a team. Either nobody drives or we all drive!” According to Lipavsky, it is up to the teams whether the game is actually canceled if Russian players are not allowed to participate. The San Jose Sharks currently have Alexandr Barabanov, Yevgeny Svechnikov, Daniil Guscin, Timur Ibragimov and defensemen Artemi Kniazev and Nikolai Knyschow under contract. Jaroslav Askarov and attackers Jakow Trenin and Jegor Afanasjev are currently playing for the Nashville Predators