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PHT Morning Skate: NHL condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The IIHF banned Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from participation "in every age category" and in IIHF competitions "until further notice" and has pulled the 2023 World Juniors from Russia.

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• From the league: “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.” [NHL]

• The IIHF has banned Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from participation “in every age category” and in IIHF competitions “until further notice,” and have taken hosting rights away from Russia for the 2023 World Junior Championship. [PHT]

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.