Athletistic/Hockey. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev spoke about the club’s reaction to the events between Russia and Ukraine. Since February 24, 2022, a special military operation (SVO) of the Russian armed forces has been underway on the territory of Ukraine.

“Are they talking to me in Tampa about the events in Ukraine and asking me to make a statement about it? This is not accepted there. Everyone understands who we are and where we come from. We are Russian. Of course, they ask. And before February 24, there were a lot of questions: “What kind of exercises do you have there?”, “Will there be a military conflict?” » But I said no, such a thing was impossible, but I didn’t know that well, so I didn’t go any further.

And when it all started, I arrived at the arena and I was even a little scared. The Americans, Canadians, Swedes and Finns understand everything perfectly and know that we have nothing to do with it. It’s just that the general manager and the head coach pulled us out at one point and had a conversation with us. They asked us about our well-being and offered to give us a few days off. They treated us with understanding,” Sergachev said in an interview with journalist Ksenia Sobchak.

At the beginning of July 2022, Mikhail Sergachev signed an agreement with Tampa, lasting eight years with an average salary of $8.5 million per year.