The U.S. Embassy begs American players to leave the KHL immediately after issuing new security alert

Since Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year, the KHL has been almost emptied of foreign players. No player from Czech Republic will play in the league this season, and the same goes for Finland.

Meanwhile, Sweden–which has six players in the KHL this season–has announced that if a player decides to play in the KHL, they’re no longer welcome in the national team. According to Elite Prospects, 14 American player is under contract in the KHL this season, and from Canada, the number rises to 47.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – 2022/09/26: SKA Hockey Club player, Stepan Falkovsky (No.77) seen in action during the Kontinental Hockey League, regular season KHL 2022 – 2023 between SKA Saint Petersburg and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod at the Ice Sports Palace. (Final score; SKA Saint Petersburg 3:0 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod). (Photo by Maksim Konstantinov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Players who chose to stay in the KHL or sign new contracts in the league have received massive criticism, and now, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow is asking them to step out of the country.

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Last week, the Russian government began a mobilization of its citizens to the armed forces to help with the invasion of Ukraine. As a result, on Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued a security alert for all U.S. citizens. The security alert asks all U.S. citizens in Russia to leave the county as soon as possible.

“Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance, prevent their departure from Russia, and conscript dual nationals for military service,” the alert stated.

ORENBURG, RUSSIA- SEPTEMBER 19: Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to officers as he is visiting the Center -2015 Military Drills at Donguzsky Range in Orenburg, Russia, September,19,2015. Putin said this week that it’s impossible to defeat Islamic State group without support of the government of Syria and that Moscow has provided military assistance to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and will continue to do so. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

”U.S. citizens should not travel to Russia and those residing or travelling in Russia should depart Russia immediately while limited commercial travel options remain.”

So what will happen with the American KHL players now? Time will tell.

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