NHL | Hašek: Spectators will watch an advertisement for Russian killings in Prague! That’s a sad fact
“It’s the NHL’s decision to disrespect us. They will also have to bear the consequences,” Hašek said on his Twitter account on Thursday morning.
The argument that Russian hockey players in NHL clubs do not represent the Russian Hockey Federation does not work. And if it were up to him, he would possibly even ban the long-term critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Artemia Panarin, from traveling to the Czech Republic if the NY Rangers were to play in Prague at the beginning of October.
“Of course. Unfortunately, this is a necessity at the moment if we do not want to be jointly responsible for the dead in Ukraine. And we also protect his (Panarin’s) friends, fellow Russian soldiers, who fall there. That such decisions will shorten the war,” says the former excellent goalkeeper.
At the same time, Hašek does not support collective guilt. “Not in the least. And I’m not saying anywhere that the Russian hockey players are guilty of anything. I’m against spending millions in advertising on Russian aggression and killing, and I’m fighting for it. you will ensure the protection of the ally and our safety. That’s all,” he wrote.
He had no plans to go to the matches in Prague’s O2 arena, even if they were without the Russians. The decision (not) to watch the battles between Sharks and Predators is up to everyone. “In any case, thanks to the guys on the ice, Russian viewers will also watch an advertisement for the Russian war and the killings in Ukraine. That is a fact. A sad fact,” Hašek added.