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The Daily: Former Red Wings Goalie Dominik Hasek is Helping Keep Russians out of His Homeland



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It’s an initiative initially launched by former Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek. Now it’s been picked up by the Czech government. As a result, it’s threatening to throw a monkey wrench into the NHL Global Series.

The NHL schedule in calling for the San Jose Sharks and Nasvhille Predators to open the season in the Czech Republic. They’ll be playing a pair of games October 7-8 at the O2 Arena in Prague. Writing to the leaders of the NHL, Hasek was requesting that Russian players with the two teams be forbidden from traveling to Czechia for the games due to the war in Ukraine.

The ruling Czech government picked up the ball from Hasek. They were announcing that it wouldn’t be issuing visas for entry to the country to any Russian players on either team. Sharks GM Mike Grier told Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now that if their Russians aren’t going, then the whole team will be staying home.

In actuality, the issue wouldn’t be impacting many players. San Jose is listing two Russians on the club’s training-camp roster – Alexander Barabanov and former Red Wings forward Evgeni Svechnikov. Nashville’s only Russian player is Yakov Trenin.

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John Parham

Unless you’ve lived in Eastern Europe there’s really know way of knowing how the people living under the constant threat and intimidation of Russia/Soviet Union feel about the war raging in their neighborhood. I’m sure if I lived in the Czech Republic I wouldn’t want any Russian crossing the border. I admire Hasak and the fact he’s willing to stick his neck out for his beliefs.

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