Finland and Sweden will no longer accept players who play in the Continental Hockey League (KHL) for their national teams starting next season.
This was announced by the Federation of Northern European countries, on Monday morning. These decisions come on the sidelines of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Sweden also went a step further, as local players from the country who competed in the current KHL qualifiers will not be considered for this year’s World Championships in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland.
The decision of Vladimir Putin’s regime to invade the former Soviet Republic has cost many athletes, especially Russians, dearly. The national team of the Tsar’s country has already been excluded from all competitions approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and no competition can be held on Russian soil.
The World Youth Championships in 2023 were originally scheduled to take place in Russia, but will eventually be held elsewhere.
“Hipster-friendly tv trailblazer. Problem solver. Infuriatingly humble introvert. Reader. Student. Subtly charming bacon maven.”