NHL, IIHF Take Action Against Russia Amid Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine

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NHL, IIHF Take Action Against Russia Amid Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine

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The NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation have taken action against Russia amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. The NHL announced on Monday afternoon that it was suspending all business partners in Russia and pausing all Russian language social and digital media sites. The NHL also announced that it would be discontinuing any consideration of Russia as a potential location for any future competitions involving the NHL.

Here’s the NHL’s complete statement:

The IIHF has announced stiff sanctions against all Russian and Belarusian national and club teams from all IIHF competitions until further notice amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Additionally, the IIHF has pulled Russia’s hosting rights for the 2023 World Juniors.

Here’s the complete statement from the IIHF this afternoon:

“The IIHF is not a political entity and cannot influence the decisions being taken over the war in Ukraine,” Luc Tardiff, the IIHF’s president, said in a statement. “We nevertheless have a duty of care to all of our members and participants and must do all we can to ensure we are able to operate our events in a safe environment for all teams taking part in the IIHF World Championship program.”

The IIHF bans on Russia and Belarus come after days of pressure from current and former NHLers calling for stiff sanctions against the country amid the invasion of Ukraine.

The IIHF bans come after FIFA did the same earlier today:

The IIHF has not named a replacement location for the 2023 World Juniors that were slated to be played in Novosibirsk and Omsk.


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