Kuznetsov & IIHF Reportedly Reach Agreement

Published November 14, 2021 at 3:36 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov tested positive for a banned substance at the 2019 World Championship and was subsequently suspended for 4 years from International play, which many assumed would include the 2022 Winter Olympics.

At the time Kuznetsov accepted his punishment and issued the following statement:

"I have made the decision to accept this penalty. Representing my country has always been so close to my heart and something I take so much pride in. Not being able to put that sweater on for four years is very hard to take. I feel absolutely terrible for letting you down. I realize that the only way I can win you back is to take ownership of my situation and my actions from this point forward.»

Recently news has begun to surface that Kuznetsov's legal team and the Russian management have begun to work with the IIHF to amend Kuznetsov's punishment. It has been shared that Russian Manager and former Capital Ilya Kovalchuk has been working to have see Kuznetsov see a reduction in his disqualification from International competition.


Russian sports website sports.ru is now reporting that an agreement has been reached in principal that will see Kuznetsov made eligible for this years Winter Olympics.

This would be a very significant addition for Team Russia as Kuznetsov is off to a great start to this season sitting in the top 10 in NHL scoring.
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