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sport news Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov talks about being the first Russian ... trends now

sport news Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov talks about being the first Russian ... trends now

Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov has become the first player in the National Hockey League of Russian origin to speak out against the war in Ukraine.

Zadorov, a ten-year veteran of the NHL, spoke "in an interview with Russian YouTuber Yuri Dud about his fellow players' reaction to the outbreak of the war and their lack of a reaction to it.

The defenseman said that in the early days of the war, a chat was created in the social messaging app Telegram for Russian hockey players in the league - where they began discussing making a collective statement.

'[Florida Panthers goaltender] Sergei Bobrovsky was the initiator,' Zadorov said (translated via subtitles). 'He said: “We need to stick together." He said, "We needed to decide what do we do now.”

'We would suggest different kinds of stuff. I felt like we needed to make a statement.  Someone—maybe me—thought that we needed to make a statement on behalf of Russian NHL players.

Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov was the first Russian NHL player to speak out against the war in Ukraine - doing so on Instagram just days after the fighting began

Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov was the first Russian NHL player to speak out against the war in Ukraine - doing so on Instagram just days after the fighting began

In an interview with a Russian YouTube channel, Zadorov talked about his post and his beliefs

In an interview with a Russian YouTube channel, Zadorov talked about his post and his beliefs

'Some of us had visas and some didn't. We were following this situation with my agent and the NHLPA... We didn’t know if they would cancel our visas. Or Canadian visas, because Canada was even more mad about this war than America. 

'Nobody knew what Russians faced - what Russian players faced. We had a discussion on the statement and what would we say.'

When Zadorov was asked if someone suggested to make an anti-war statement, he replied that someone suggested an 'anti-war statement or a "no politics in sports" statement.'

He then said that no statement came out because of the complexity of the situation, the players' visa situations, and that the group was split into two camps: 'One group wanted to speak about these eight years and all this propaganda stuff. And the other group was the adequate one.'

Zadorov then talked about his decision to make an Instagram post within days of the war beginning - disavowing the conflict.

'I felt like it was a right thing to do. I would make these statements hoping someone hears me out and changes their mind,' the Calgary man said. 

'I believe that the last 23 years in our country with this president [Vladimir Putin]... and nine years before him... I hope this all comes to an end. 

'I hope that Russia becomes a democratic country with a strong economy. Not a kleptocracy.' 

Zadorov said Russian players had a group chat to discuss a statement, but with loyalties divided, nothing was released. Zadorov posted his own words on Instagram in February 2022.

Zadorov said Russian players had a group chat to discuss a statement, but with loyalties divided, nothing was released. Zadorov posted his own words on Instagram in February 2022.

Zadorov also touched on Alex Ovechkin - who has tied himself to Vladimir Putin in the past

Zadorov also touched on Alex Ovechkin - who has tied himself to Vladimir Putin in the past

In November of 2017, Ovechkin launched the #PutinTeam movement in this social media post

In November of 2017, Ovechkin launched the #PutinTeam movement in this social media post

Ovechkin is still one of Putin's biggest supporters and his profile picture includes the leader

Ovechkin is still one of Putin's biggest supporters and his profile picture includes the leader 

Dud didn't go throughout the entire interview giving softballs to Zadorov, challenging him about living in the United States - a country that also started wars with other nations.

'I don't support

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