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Two weeks before the ’ season-opening visit to Prague, GM Mike Grier made his stance clear on the possibility of the Czech Republic refusing to issue visas to visiting Russian NHL players.
“Either we all go, or no one goes,” Grier told reporters on opening day of training camp.
This is in response to recent reports that Czechia, in solidarity with Ukraine, would not welcome Russian NHL players into their country for the upcoming Global Series between the San Jose Sharks and . For the Sharks, this could affect wingers and , among others.
To the condemnation of most of the international community, Russian president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in Feb. 2022 and is still waging war there.
Against this backdrop, San Jose and Nashville are set to open the NHL’s regular season on Oct. 7 and 8 at O2 Arena in Prague.