NOVOGORSK /Moscow Region/, September 23. /TASS/. Russia’s Ice Hockey Federation will insist defenceman Vyacheslav Voynov be allowed to take part in the 2016 World Cup, should the Canadian authorities deny an entry visa, RIHF Vice-President Roman Rotenberg has told the media.
"Of course, everybody would like to fly to Canada for the World Cup: Slava, yours truly and everybody else," said Rotenberg, earlier included in the US sanction list. "But this is the type of question we still have no answer to. Legally, Voynov may have certain problems. For now we cannot know for sure, if he will be able to get a visa. There is a risk he may not get one. But if the head coach selects Slava for the final roster, we will be insisting he should be let in for the World Cup. Otherwise, it will make no sense if some of our players or managers are not allowed to go to the contest. That would considerably weaken our positions. We would like the principle of sportsmanship to be observed in all cases."
"These days all of us have problems with going to the World Cup. We will be discussing that issue separately. There is politics involved. We would not like to talk politics, politicize these processes today," Rotenberg said.
Next year’s World Cup will be held in Toronto, Canada on September 17 through October 1, 2016. Voynov returned to Russia earlier this week.
In October 2014 he was arrested on the suspicion of domestic violence against his wife, Marta Varlamova. On July 2, 2015 an out-of-court settlement was achieved. He pled guilty to a minor offence. Voynov was jailed on July 7 to be released ahead of time on September 4. On September 17 he declared his intention to return to Russia.
Los Angeles Kings drafted Voynov in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft in 2008 (32nd overall). The Kings he was playing for won the Stanley Cup twice (in 2012 and 2014). His suspension was the longest-ever in the NHL since 1927. Last time he played for the LAK on October 19, 2014.