Olympic champion Dominik Hasek called the NHL position on Russian players an insult to the Czech Republic
Olympic champion, two-time Stanley Cup winner Dominik Hasek assessed the position of the National Hockey League (NHL) in terms of the participation of Russian players in the European series of matches. He wrote about this in Twitter.
“If Russian hockey players come here on special visas issued by another EU country, I will consider this an insult from the NHL to our country and our citizens,” Hasek said. He noted that the Czech police will act accordingly.
On September 22, it was reported that the NHL would refuse to host Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks matches in the Czech Republic if Russian players were not allowed into the country. The league felt that if there were obstacles from the Czech authorities, the scheduled matches would be played in the United States.
On October 7 and 8, the clubs are to play exhibition matches in Prague as part of the NHL Global Series. Nine Russians play in the teams. Yakov Trenin, Yaroslav Askarov and Yegor Afanasiev are playing for Nashville, and Nikolai Knyzhov, Artemy Knyazev, Alexander Barabanov, Evgeny Svechnikov, Timur Ibragimov and Daniil Gushchin are playing for San Jose.