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Eugene Melnyk vs. Vladimir Putin

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is spearheading an international movement to boycott the products of major sponsors, including Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch InBev, until the 2018 World Cup is moved away from Russia.

Melnyk, always outspoken about Russia’s invasion into Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, is livid at the hypocrisy of FIFA — soccer’s governing body — for allowing the country to stage the tournament while Russian president Vladimir Putin is waging war.

“(Putin) has no right to have that,” Melnyk, chairman of the Advisory Committee for United with Ukraine, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Melnyk suggests Putin is trampling on the tournament ideals of global unity and peace.

“It goes against every possible theme of soccer and the World Cup and what it’s supposed to stand for,” he said....

Melnyk’s parents escaped Ukraine and met in Toronto in the early 1950′s and he grew up hearing countless stories about the Soviet invasion of their homeland. His paternal grandmother was thrown out of her home by Soviet officials. Melnyk has supported a variety of causes and charities in Ukraine. He distrusts Putin and worries about the country’s future.


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Afternoon Line

KHL horning in? Not on Vlad’s watch. As soon as he gets here, the KHL becomes the Far East Coast Hockey League.

NHLers in Sochi? They’ll be the only ones allowed to go.

After a while, all other sports will be consumed and then disbanded. Hockey fights will be replaced by ice judo. We will all conform and look happy doing it. Or else.

Having an intransigent strongman in charge of the league sounds risky. But we’ve managing it for a while. Offering his job to a global troublemaker at least has the benefit of doing our future suffering for the greater good.

-Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star "suggesting" Vladimir Putin should be the next NHL commissioner.  Read more on this topic from Kelly...

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Russia’s Prime Minister Hits The Ice

from Seeksha Gurang of Parda Phash,

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is taking training these days from the legends of ice hockey, is doing really well and has scored several goals on Friday at a Moscow arena.

The Russian premier promised to learn to skate well enough to play hockey during a video conference with young Russian sportsmen in February.

During Friday’s training, Putin wore a red-blue uniform with the Russian national emblem. His number was 11….

Putin trained with retired NHL star Pavel “Russian Rocket” Bure, a former head coach of the Russian national hockey team Vyacheslav Bykov and the president of the CSKA ice hockey club Vyacheslav Fetisov.

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