June 26, 2022

Whether or not it is the Tampa Bay Lightning or Colorado Avalanche celebrating a Stanley Cup Closing victory, the Cup itself will not go to Russia or Belarus within the coming months, NHL Deputy Commissioner Invoice Daly stated Wednesday.

Talking earlier than the puck dropped in sport one of many NHL’s best-of-seven championship collection in Denver, Daly stated league officers had instructed each groups that their Russian or Belarussian gamers should maintain off on taking the Cup residence.

Custom has it that each participant on the profitable crew will get to take possession of the trophy for a day.

However with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine heading right into a fourth month, and Belarus thought-about a supporter of Russia’s motion, Daly stated gamers from these international locations would not be capable to take the Cup there anytime quickly.

The Stanley Cup Closing brand is displayed on middle ice earlier than the beginning of Sport One of many NHL championship collection between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche in Denver Picture: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA through AFP / Harry How

“With respect to this summer time, the Cup is not going to Russia or Belarus,” Daly stated. “To that extent, we might owe a Cup journey sooner or later. That may occur like we did with the pandemic, nevertheless it’s not occurring this summer time.”

Three Tampa Bay gamers are Russian: star ahead Nikita Kucherov, goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, 2021’s playoff MVP, and defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.

Colorado winger Valeri Nichushkin can be Russian.

Nonetheless, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stated the groups would nonetheless be capable to draft gamers from Russia or Belarus within the upcoming NHL drafts.

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“They’ll be completely accessible for choice, identical to they’re yearly,” he stated of gamers from these international locations.

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