Last year promised to be a turning point in goalkeeper Ivan Fedotov’s career. After winning the Gagarin Cup with CSKA Moscow, he signed with Philadelphia, who had drafted him seven years earlier, and was supposed to go to the NHL. But on the first day of July, adjustments were made to these plans, moreover, they did not depend on the hockey player himself. Ivan was detained in Saint Petersburg on suspicion of evading military service. Thus, a new page began in the life of Fedotov, which ended yesterday, exactly one year after he, unexpectedly for himself and almost the entire sports community, ended up in the military registration and enlistment office.
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Rumors about Ivan’s future fate spread with kaleidoscopic speed. Various sources “sent” him to Novaya Zemlya or to Severomorsk, and he was talked about serving on a submarine. Opinions on whether athletes at this level need a special approach or whether Fedotov should serve along with everyone else are divided, which also caused a lot of controversy on forums, chats and in the media. As for the recruitment procedure itself, it was only known for certain that shortly after his arrest, he was taken to the St. Petersburg Naval Hospital due to exacerbation of gastritis, but then left the medical center and was sent to the place of service. . It was also reported that the situation was not related to the illegal receipt of a military ID. Through a lawyer, the goalkeeper filed a lawsuit to declare the draft board’s decision illegal, but later withdrew it. Thus began the service of sailor Fedotov, who at the beginning of the year shone on the Olympic ice in Beijing.
Debut of a new team
Of course, Ivan was not sent to any submarine, as gossips said in pursuit. People with such growth are simply not called there. Severodvinsk was originally named after his place of service, then there were reports that Fedotov was transferred closer to home, to the Leningrad region. After that, there was a pause in the field of information about the person of Ivan, which was interrupted this year. The protocol of one of the matches of the championship of the Armed Forces in hockey was leaked to the media, where Fedotov appeared as the goalkeeper of the Navy team and in the rank of a senior sailor, so there is reason to believe that Ivan showed well during his service.
Clarity with the further employment of Fedotov during this time has not increased. The Philadelphia leadership, which announced the suspension of Iván’s contract, announced in mid-June this year that they were expecting the goalkeeper next season.
Ivan Fedotov’s social network
At the same time, various sources, on the day of the end of Fedotov’s royal life, spread information that the Beijing silver medalist had reached an agreement to sign a two-year contract with his former club, CSKA of the capital. In any case, hockey fans have been waiting for Ivan’s appearance on the ice in top-level matches and will be happy to see him play, regardless of what choice he makes in the end.