The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has decided: goalkeeper Ivan Fedotov’s contract with the Philadelphia Flyers is already valid.
The organization made the announcement in a press release Monday, two weeks after asking the Penn Club and the National Hockey League (NHL) to look into the situation.
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Fedotov recently signed a two-year contract with CSKA Moscow, the Continental Hockey League (KHL) club. The Flyers claimed the deal was invalid due to a one-year contract the 26-year-old goalkeeper signed in 2022.
A few weeks after the agreement with the NHL team, Fedotov was arrested in his native country. He was handcuffed for submitting false documents in an attempt to evade compulsory military service. Then he spent 12 months under arrest in Siberia.
Flyers general manager Daniel Breyer has claimed that Fedotov’s deal should be renewed for the 2023-2024 campaign because the hockey player was unable to present himself in North America in 2022-23. Meanwhile, CSKA claimed that the player had no contractual ties, which was later verified by the KHL.
The IIHF determined that Fedotov violated Article II.4.1 of its International Transport Regulations. This stipulates that the player has two weeks to return to his former club (the Flyers in this case) or obtain a release from him.
Due to the player’s non-compliance, FIFA imposed a four-month ban on him from all domestic or international matches. So he will not be able to wear CSKA colors from 1any As of December 31, 2023.
A penalty was also imposed on the Moscow club in this case. The organization will not be able to make international transfers from August 11, 2023 to August 10, 2024.
Remember that there is no official agreement between the NHL and the KHL, but the two leagues have so far honored the contracts offered by their teams.
Returning to Fedotov, the compelling man especially stood out in 2021-2022. In 26 games with CSKA, he had a 14-10-2 record, 2.00 goals against average and a 0.919 save percentage. He also led his team to win the Gagarin Cup, in addition to contributing to the Russian Olympic Committee team winning a silver medal at the 2022 Olympic Games.
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