Former Controversial NHLer Officially on the Verge of Getting his Russian Citizenship

Published July 12, 2023 at 4:12 PM
BY JULIEN TREKKER
     

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Back in 2020, Brendan Leipsic was banned from the NHL after making "misogynistic and reprehensible" comments. At the time, he was playing for the Washington Capitals, and they made the decision to terminate his contract.

Here's what the NHL said when it happened:


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Since then, he has been playing in the KHL.

Now, according to a Russian report, Leipsic, the Winnipeg native, has formally requested Russian citizenship.

A hockey legend has commented on the situation.

Fetisov's Comments



Viacheslav Fetisov, a member of the HHoF, made the following statement after Leipsic's demand was made public:

"This is a very positive trend for Russia. For the political situation, it is beneficial for us when foreigners from the United States and Canada willingly receive a Russian passport. This suggests that the propaganda in the West collapses when people come to Russia and see the truth. I wish Leipsic good luck and further development as a citizen of Russia. I hope he gains followers."

*Translated via Google Translate

Currently, there are 59 players from North America in the KHL.

Once he obtains his citizenship, Leipsic will be able to represent Russia in international competitions. However, he will have to wait for the IIHF to lift the ban on Russia before doing so.

It's a peculiar timing to ask for the citizenship, to say the least.


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