With the growing Russian invasion of Ukraine, many companies and countries are boycotting Russian products or not performing in the country. A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame wants this practice taken to the next level and calls on the NHL to suspend all contracts of Russian players.
Dominik Hasek, an all-time great and arguably the best goalkeeper to ever play the sport, took to Twitter on Saturday morning to share his thoughts on a certain Russian star who wanted peace.
“What!? Not just an alibist, a chicken shit, but also a liar! Every adult in Europe knows well that Putin is a mad killer and that Russia is waging an offensive war against the free country and its people,” said Hasek in a tweet reacting to Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin expressing hope for an end to the conflict.
As a central and key figure in Russian sport, Ovechkin was asked on Friday about his opinion on the invasion.
“It’s a difficult situation. I have many friends in Russia and Ukraine. And it’s hard to see the war. I hope soon it will be over and there will be peace all over the world,”
“Please, no more war. It doesn’t matter who is in the war – Russia, Ukraine, different countries – I think we live in a world, like, we have to live in peace and in a big world .”
After a plea for peace, Ovechkin, who has campaigned for Vladimir Putin in the past, said he still supported his president, but stressed he was an athlete, not a politician.
This rocked the backlash from Hasek, who went even further by demanding that the NHL quickly suspend all contracts of Russian players, claiming they represented the country and its actions.
“The NHL must immediately suspend the contracts of all Russian players,” Hasek wrote. “Each athlete represents not only himself and his club, but also his country, his values and his actions. It’s a fact. If the NHL fails to do so, it has indirect co-responsibility for the deaths in Ukraine.
“I also want to write that I am very sorry for those Russian athletes, who condemn Putin and his Russian aggression in Ukraine. However, at the moment, I also consider their exclusion as a necessity.”
It remains to be seen whether the league will take any of its alumni’s pleas seriously and suspend the dozens of Russian players active in the league for the overseas attack.
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