Finland and Sweden will no longer accept players who play in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) into their national teams starting next season.
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This is what the federations of the two Nordic countries announced on Monday morning. These decisions come on the sidelines of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Sweden has also gone a step further, as native players from the country who have participated in the current KHL playoffs will not be considered for this year’s World Championship in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland.
The decision of Vladimir Putin’s regime to invade the former Soviet republic has already cost many athletes, mainly Russians, dearly. The national team of the country of the tsars has already been excluded from all competitions sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and no competition can take place on Russian soil.
The World and the World Juniors in 2023 were notably to take place in Russia, but will ultimately be organized elsewhere.