Russia and Belarus have been excluded from the Nationwide Hockey League’s (NHL) annual Stanley Cup world tour because the aggressor international locations proceed the invasion of Ukraine.

The trophy has historically been taken by members of the successful workforce again to their respective residence nations and is ready to occur once more this 12 months.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche are competing for the coveted prize with a winner to be determined by June 29 on the newest, though it might be gained earlier relying on leads to one of the best of seven collection.

Whereas the league has opened the door for the Stanley Cup to ultimately go to these two nations, such journeys is not going to occur in 2022.

“With respect to this summer time, the Cup is not going to Russia or Belarus,” NHL deputy commissioner Invoice Daly mentioned previous to recreation one of many Stanley Cup Closing, as reported by USA At this time.

“To that extent, we might owe a Cup journey sooner or later.

The Colorado Avalanche are playing against the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Stanley Cup which will not travel to Russia as part of its usual world tour ©Getty Images
The Colorado Avalanche are taking part in in opposition to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Stanley Cup which is not going to journey to Russia as a part of its ordinary world tour ©Getty Photos

“That may occur like we did with the pandemic, however it’s not taking place this summer time.”

4 gamers throughout the 2 groups are impacted by the moratorium.

The Lightning has three Russian gamers in its squad within the type of Nikita Kucherov, 2014 world champion Andrei Vasilevskiy, and Mikhail Sergachev whereas Valeri Nichuskin, additionally of Russia, seems for the Avalanche.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, supported by Belarus, has led to majority of the sporting our bodies sanctioning the international locations by banning their athletes from competitions and stripping them of internet hosting rights.

The Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) dominated final month that it’ll “freeze the participation” of Russia and Belarus at its World Championship occasions in 2023.

The NHL, nevertheless, has supported its Russian and Belarusian gamers and continued that stance as commissioner Gary Bettman said that gamers from these nations can be obtainable for choice on this 12 months’s NHL draft.