Earlier, the head of the CSKA Moscow hockey team, Igor Ismantovich, denied Wednesday morning Reports That the Continental Hockey League had held contract extension discussions with goalkeeper Ivan Fedotov, who was arrested by the Russian government for military evasion earlier this summer.
Fedotov, 25 years old Signed NHL entry contract With Flyers on May 7, two months before Russian law enforcement authorities arrested him on July 1 because of Suspected military evasion. In Russia, all males 18-27 (with rare exceptions) are required to serve one year in the army in some capacity if they are conscripted.
After taking Fedotov to the military enlistment office, the Russian government sent him to a remote military base in northern Russia to begin his training, According to his agent, J.P. Barrie. Russian media outlet Gazeta reported that Fedotov He took the military oath in mid-August.
Russian officials, including the current president of the Russian Hockey Federation, Vladislav Tretyak, denied that the case was personal or related to Fedotov’s desire to go to North America to continue his hockey career.
Fedotov, who was selected in the seventh round by the Flyers in 2015, played last season for CSKA Moscow and led the team to the KHL tournament, the Gagarin Cup. He also won a silver medal as a goalkeeper of the Russian Olympic Committee at the 2021 Beijing Olympics. Considered one of the best goalkeepers outside of the NHL, Fedotov finished the season with a 14-10-2 record, 0.919 save percentage, and 2.00 goal-for-average. In CSKA’s run to the title, Fedotov set a 16-6 breakout record with a 1.85 GAA and 0.937 savings percentage.
The 6-foot-7 goalkeeper’s contract with CSKA expired in April, and prior to his arrest, Fedotov was ready to move to North America and compete for the Flyers’ spare job behind Carter Hart this season. On Wednesday, Russian newspaper Sport-Express reported that Fedotov had signed a three-year contract with CSKA to stay in the KHL. The league and the team have since denied this report.
“The rights in the KHL for goalkeeper Ivan Fedotov belong to CSKA. At the moment, the league has not received documents to register a contract with a hockey player or requests for the possibility of concluding a contract with Fedotov,” the association said in a statement. According to Russian state media TASS.
Smantovic echoed that message and added a reprimand to the reporter as well.
“The club president did not meet with Ivan Fedotov, because he serves in the armed forces of the Russian Federation,” Ismantovich said. In a statement on the team’s website. Accordingly, there was no discussion, no contract. I would like to appeal to journalists who are brazenly and illiterate trying to promote themselves on this matter, and ask them to stop such speculation.”
CSKA, which means the Central Sports Club of the Army, which has long ties to the Russian Army. The team is owned by the Russian oil company Rosneft, whose CEO, Igor Sechin, is a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Fedotov’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 20. Gazeta reported that Fedotov’s lawyer, Alexei Ponomarev, challenged his commission’s draft as illegal.
Ex-Flyers striker Mikhail Vorobyov, who played last season for KHL’s SKA Saint Petersburg team, was recently on trial on bribery charges related to his attempt to evade Russian military service. On Tuesday, he He was reportedly fined 2 million rubles (about $33,000) after admitting the charges in court. Under Russian law, 25-year-old Vorobyev could have faced up to 12 years in prison.
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