Friday, June 20, 2008

IIHF responds to Star story

Although the International Ice Hockey Federation does not usually issue statements following unsubstantiated media reports, the IIHF finds it principally important to address the newspaper story (Toronto Star, June 20) that reports about the Russian league allegedly preparing an offer to Pittsburgh Penguin player Evgeni Malkin, who is under contract with the NHL-club.

“Although there will be no imminent Player Transfer Agreement between the IIHF and the NHL, all involved parties are in principal agreement to honour each other’s contracts,” says IIHF President René Fasel. “The NHL has informed the IIHF that this will be the policy of the league during the period without a PTA, and conversely, the IIHF has obligated its member national federations and leagues to do the same in its relations with the NHL.”

“We would view any signing, from either side, of a player under a valid contract, who does not have any legally valid out-clause, to be a clear violation of the mutual understanding and existing principle. It would potentially be punishable with suspended national team eligibility and suspension from all competition or activity organized by the IIHF or any IIHF member national association. This would include events like the Olympic Winter Games, the IIHF World Championship or international club competitions like the Champions Hockey League."

"Given this, we are confident that the report is not substantiated."
>> press release
There must be something in the water today; there's things happening everywhere at the moment.

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At 3:10 p.m., June 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Maple Leafs suspended Tony Salmelainen but he ended up playing for Russian Jaroslav and Finnish National team during 2007-8season without any kind of suspension.

It's great that IIHF is consistent in it's dealings. What happened to Jashin rule? You owe your NHL organisation a year that you missed.

Rene Fasel is a dentist and he should deal only with cavities.


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