Ivan Fedotov, an Olympic silver medalist who was detained in St. Petersburg, Russia, on suspicion of plotting to avoid military service on July 1 after agreeing to a $1.1 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL), has now been drafted into the Russian army to fight in Ukraine. The 25-year-old Fedotov, one of Russia’s top goalies and a member of the national team, reportedly signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers of the US National Hockey League and intended to leave his Russian club, Central Sports Club of the Army (CSKA), in order to play in the United States.
According to a source who spoke to the Russian publication, “there are adequate grounds to deem Fedotov an army evader,” according to the military prosecutor’s office. His participation with CSKA as a player makes him eligible for the military despite being born in Finland and raised in Russia, according to one account. Talking about the military rules in Russia, all men between the 18 to 27 age group must undergo one-year compulsory military service.
Apart from this, only Russians who fall between the 18 and 40 age group and foreigners between 18 and 30 can become professional soldiers in the Russian military. Well, let us tell you that the rule has been modified in May. According to the new rule, there would be no age limits for professional soldiers joining the military. Now, speaking of Ivan Fedotov, he is a Finnish-born ice hockey goaltender who made his KHL debut playing with HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk during the 2014–15 KHL season on December 12, 2014.
The player spent last year with CSKA Moscow. It is a team that has its roots in the Russian army. The team also happens to be one of the top clubs in the KHL, Russia’s Premier Hockey League. On May 6, 2019, Fedotov was traded to Traktor Chelyabinsk. Later, on May 2, 2021, he left Traktor after being part of it for two seasons when he was traded to CSKA Moscow in exchange for financial compensation.
It is also coming forward that Fedotov played on Russia’s 2022 Olympic team at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Due to his amazing and unmatched skills, he ended up winning a silver medal as the starting goaltender. It is no doubt to state that Ivan Fedotov has become a trending topic on the internet. His name has occupied all the top trends as netizens are trying to get some sort of information about him. Stay tuned with us for more updates.