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:
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 28, 2022
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 Council has suspended all Russian and Belarusian national and club teams from IIHF competitions until further notice and withdrew the hosting rights of the 2023 #WorldJuniors from Russia.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) February 28, 2022
“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.
“I think International Hockey should say we’re not going to let them play in the World Junior Hockey tournament…”
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) February 27, 2022
The IIHF bans come after FIFA did the same earlier today:
FIFA/UEFA suspend Russian clubs and national teams from all competitions
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) February 28, 2022
The IIHF has not named a replacement location for the 2023 World Juniors that were slated to be played in Novosibirsk and Omsk.