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The commissioner of the NHL confirms the possibility of choosing Russians in the 2022 draft

NHL Commissioner Bettman confirms Russian players will be available for 2022 draft

Gary Bettman noted that hockey players “play for their NHL clubs, not Russia.” This year’s draft will take place July 7-8 in Montreal.

Gary Bettman (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has confirmed that hockey players from Russia will be available for selection in the 2022 draft, Sportsnet reports.

“I think it’s fair to point out that our hockey players play for their NHL clubs and not for Russia. They are in quite a difficult situation, especially those who have family in Russia. This may be difficult for many people to understand, but I think it is a reality that should not be overlooked,” Bettman said.

The NHL Players Association announced the possibility of choosing the Russians in the draft

The NHL Draft will take place on July 7-8 in Montreal. At the annual event, the league’s clubs secure the rights of young hockey players aged 18-21.

On March 1, the NHL suspended all contacts with business partners in Russia, as well as the work of the website and social networks in Russian. At the same time, the Russians continue to play in the NHL.

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL), which unites the country’s top three junior leagues, banned its clubs on April 27 from choosing Russian and Belarusian players in the July 1 import draft.


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