Representative of Russia to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Pavel Bure during the opening of the All-Russian Hockey Day at VDNH, he said that the World Cup in 2025 could be held without participation Russian national team .
On December 1, VDNKh organized the opening ceremony of the All-Russian Hockey Day with the participation of legends, managers and players of HC CSKA. The event took place in the presence of Pavel Bure, Boris Mikhailov, Sergei Fedorov and other representatives of the Moscow army.
— The NHL will host an international tournament in February 2025, but Russia will not be there. What do you think about it?
— To my knowledge, nothing has been 100 percent approved yet.
“But the NHL players’ union made it clear that the Russian team would not be there.
— I don’t have any clear information yet. And there has yet been no announcement on the progress of this tournament or its format. These are just projects. Everything in the world can change, especially in hockey, and it can happen at any time.
Naturally, the Soviet Union in the past, like Russia today, is a major hockey power. If a team of this level does not participate, it is not a real tournament.
— The same Finns and Swedes play against Russia. Is this ethical?
— The political situation is difficult at the moment. You see for yourself what is happening in the world. Unfortunately, this is reflected in hockey. We have repeatedly said that sport should be outside of politics. But it turns out that this is not the case,” Bure was quoted as saying by a correspondent.
The last World Cup took place in 2016 in Toronto. The Russian team reached the playoffs, but lost to the Canadians in the semifinals (3:5).
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