In Russia, the Olympic goalkeeper who signed a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers was detained

A Russian hockey player who recently signed with the Philadelphia Flyers has been detained in Russia on charges that he planned to dodge military service, Russian news outlets report.

Ivan Fedotov, a 6-foot-7 goaltender, signed with the Flyers on May 7 and was expected to fight for a place on the roster at training camp in the fall. This year, he played for the Russian Olympic Committee at the Beijing Winter Games, where he helped the team win a silver medal.

A spokesman for the National Hockey League said the league is aware of the situation but will not comment on the situation.

Chuck Fletcher, Philadelphia’s president of hockey operations and general manager, said in a statement that the Flyers are “aware of the reports and are investigating the situation.”

Apparently, Fedotov was detained on Friday, the same day that American basketball star Britney Griner was detained. trial in Russia.

Greiner has been held by the Russians since February, when she was detained at a Moscow airport for carrying in her luggage, according to Russian authorities, e-cigarette cartridges with traces of hash oil. Griner’s supporters say Russian authorities are using her as a bargaining chip with the US, which backed Ukraine during the Russian invasion of the country.

Fedotov, 25, was born in Finland and raised in Russia. He spent last year at CSKA Moscow, a team that has a history of ties to the Russian military. It is also one of the best club teams in the KHL, Russia’s top hockey league.

According to Russian news agencies on Friday, Fedotov was arrested in St. Petersburg. hockey rink in St. Petersburg and taken to the military registration and enlistment office. Young Russian men are required to complete one year of military service.

Russian goalkeepers have become the elite of the NHL. in recent years it has been led by such stars as Andrei Vasilevsky of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Igor Shesterkin of the Rangers, and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Florida Panthers. Many NHL teams are racing to find the next great Russian goaltender, although Fedotov’s arrest could raise concerns about the future of the project.

This year, Fedotov helped CSKA Moscow win the Gagarin Cup, the KHL championship and was named the league’s best goaltender with an average of 2.00 goals. The day the Flyers signed him, Fletcher celebrated his recent successes and improvements since the team drafted him.

“Ivan is a player we follow closely and are very pleased with his development,” Fletcher said at the time. “He’s had some strong seasons in the KHL, culminating this year when he won an Olympic silver medal and became the KHL champion.”