Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started early February 24th and is still advancing. Ever since the battle reports hit the headlines, many known people have come out and expressed their disapproval for it. Russians outside their country are not safe either, as many people are now sending threats and have raised security concerns for Russians residing in the US.
NHL officials say they are incredibly “concerned” for Russian players in their league. They released a statement on Monday explaining, “they and their families are being placed in an extremely difficult position.”
In the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian players in NHL have faced hate from fans around the world. This escalated to an extent where some top talents reportedly received death threats.
The situation has gone so terrible, Darren Dreger a TSN Hockey insider has reported on Monday that NHL has increased security across the league for players caught in between political affairs of their country,
The statement released on Monday by NHL has confessed the need for required extra protection for their players.
“We also remain concerned about the well-being of the players from Russia, who play in the NHL on behalf of their NHL Clubs, and not on behalf of Russia.”
“The National Hockey League condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” the league said, “and urges a peaceful resolution as quickly as possible.”
The NHL did make it clear that they are concerned for the well-being of players and hence the increased security, not because they support Russia’s actions. The league even said they are in the process of pausing their business ties with Russia and suspending its language media sites.