NHL ‘Draft Dodger’ Fedotov Detained and Sent to Arctic – Reports
NHL-bound goaltender Ivan Fedotov has been detained in Russia for dodging the draft and sending to serve in the Arctic, according to state media reported Sunday.
Fedotov, 25, was detained Friday in St. Petersburg at the request of the military prosecutor’s office, according to the city’s Fontanka.ru news site.
He was reportedly hospitalized after falling ill with what his lawyer called stress-induced gastritis.
“Ivan was reportedly sent from the hospital to Severomorsk at night”, lawyer Alexei Ponomaryov Told the sports.ru site early on Sunday.
The gated city of Severomorsk, population 50,000, is located on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle and is the administrative base of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy.
“Ivan Fedotov is already in Severomorsk for military service,” state news agency TASS quoted an unnamed security source as saying later in the day.
“His alleged place of deployment will be one of the military units of Novaya Zemlya [archipelago] in the Arctic Ocean,” they added.
Fedotov signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in May after being selected in the 2015 entry draft.
His contract with CSKA, the army’s Central Sport Club, would have ended April 30.
The Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) appears to have erased the date of Fedotov’s contract from its website, which is still accessible in the archived version.
CSKA’s spokesman told Reuters on Friday that Fedotov was “not bound by any contractual obligations with our club”.
Fedotov led CSKA Moscow to the KHL championship title last season and the 2022 Russian Olympic team to a silver medal at the Beijing Games.
“We are aware of the reports [of Fedotov’s detention] and are investigating the situation,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement.
CSKA’s past affiliation with the Soviet military meant that its players were considered servicemen subject to conscription. Evasion from military service is also punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Military service is compulsory for men between the ages of 18 and 27 in Russia.
President Vladimir Putin, who sent troops to Ukraine in late February, ordered 134,5000 conscripts into the armed forces as part of the draft this spring.
The US-based National Hockey League severed ties with Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, although it did not ban dozens of Russian nationals from playing on its teams.