The NHL has released a statement urging for a peaceful resolution after Russia invaded Ukraine.
The NHL has issued a statement in response to the Ukraine invasion by Russia.
This comes one week after the conflict began following Vladimir Putin’s speech where he recognized independent territories in the Donbas region on Ukraine’s eastern border. Ukraine was invaded three days later.
The world and now the NHL, which has many ties to Russia with several players hailing from there, including Washington Capitals, forward Alex Ovechkin who expressed anti-war sentiment in an interview stating, “I hope it’s going to end soon”.
NHL statement on Ukraine invasion by Russia
The National Hockey League condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and urges a peaceful resolution as quickly as possible. Effective immediately, we are suspending our relationships with our business partners in Russia and we are pausing our Russian language social and digital media sites. In addition, we are discontinuing any consideration of Russia as a location for any future competitions involving the NHL.
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. We understand they and their families are being placed in an extremely difficult position.
The support for Ukraine has been overwhelming throughout the United States and the world. This is the latest show of support and solidarity with Ukraine after the invasion by Russian forces.