Russian goaltender Ivan Fedotov, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect, was arrested in his homeland on Friday morning for trying to avoid enlisting in the military, when he was preparing to come to North America to play in the National League.
According to Russian site fontanka.ru, which first reported the news, the 25-year-old athlete was apprehended in St. Petersburg, then taken to the Russian army registry office.
According to the Russian criminal code, if found guilty, Fedotov could be imprisoned up to two years.
Chuck Fletcher, general manager of the Flyers, who had set their sights on the doorman with their seventh-round pick (188th overall) in 2015, reacted very briefly. “We are aware of the situation and are investigating it,” he said, according to comments reported by “The Philadelphia Inquirer”. We will not issue any further comment.”
Fedotov particularly stood out in 2021-2022 with CSKA Moscow, in the Russian Continental League. In 26 games, he went 14-10-2 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. He also led his people to a Gagarin Cup triumph.
He also helped the Russian Olympic Committee win a silver medal at the 2022 Olympics.
< p>The masked man signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers in May and they wanted him to fight for a position on the Bettman circuit, with Carter Hart.