Minnesota Wild striker Kirill Kaprizov and CSKA forward Pavel Karnaukhov are suspected of buying military tickets, the SHOT Telegram channel reports . According to the publication, Kaprizov is wanted.
According to investigators, in 2017, hockey players purchased military tickets through the former police officer Farit Samigullin, who was arrested in Ufa. For several years, he helped Ufa football players and Salavat Yulaev hockey players avoid military service by making military tickets. According to SHOT, Karnaukhov evaded military service at a cost of 37,000 rubles.
At the same time, Karnaukhov never played for the Ufa club. Kaprizov played for Salavat Yulaev in the 2016/2017 season.
In addition, the father of Minnesota Wild striker Oleg Kaprizov said that his son did not have a military ID.
“We don’t have a military ID. Cyril is studying now, he is a student, ”said the father of the Sport Express hockey player.
According to the Telegram channel, citing sources in law enforcement agencies, Kaprizov returned to Russia on June 26. Now his return to the NHL is in doubt. Last year, the hockey player extended his contract with the Minnesota Wild for 5 years with a salary of $ 9 million a year.
On July 1, Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ivan Fedotov was detained in St. Petersburg for evading military service. In May, the hockey player signed a contract with the NHL club and told the coaching staff and management of CSKA, which is patronized by the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, that he was no longer ready to play for the club and wanted to leave Russia. Now the hockey player is in Severodvinsk, where he will serve until September, after which a decision will be made on the future place of service. The alleged place of service may be one of the military units located on Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic Ocean.
After the situation with Fedotov, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly expressed doubt that league clubs would select Russian hockey players in the first round of the 2022 draft, which will be held in Montreal on the night of July 7-8.
Kirill Kaprizov is the Olympic champion of the Pyeongchang 2018 games. In 2016, at the World Youth Championships, he received silver, and in 2017, bronze. In 2019, Kaprizov became the bronze medalist of the World Championship and the owner of the Gagarin Cup. The hockey player also won the 2021 Calder Trophy as the best newcomer in the NHL.
Pavel Karnaukhov made his KHL debut with the first goal of the 2018/19 season against Sibir. In 2019, as part of CSKA, he became the owner of the Gagarin Cup and the champion of Russia. At the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, Karnaukhov won silver. In 2020, the hockey player re-signed a contract with the Moscow club for three years.