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Dinamo Riga Withdraws from KHL

Dinamo Riga announced Sunday that they have withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League amidst the continued invasion by Russia into Ukraine.
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Dinamo Riga announced Sunday that they have withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League amidst the continued invasion by Russia into Ukraine.

A decision about the team's future has not been officially announced.

“The decision to withdraw from KHL has been made, thus expressing a clear position of the club management,” Chairman of the Supervisory Board J. Savickis said in a translated statement. “In such a military and humanitarian crisis, we do not see any opportunity for cooperation with the Kontinental Hockey League."

Dinamo Riga is located in Riga, Latvia. Similar to Ukraine, Latvia is a former member of the Soviet Union.

Only days ago, Jokerit, a member of the KHL located in Finland, decided to leave the KHL in advance of the Gagarin Cup playoffs slated to begin on March 1.

Barys Nur-Sultan of Kazakhstan and Belarus' Dinamo Minsk are the lone teams from outside of Russia still in playoff contention. China’s Kunlan Red Star represents the final non-Russian club in the league.

Several former NHL players suited up for Dinamo Riga this season including Emile Poirier, Brandon Gormley, Hunter Shinkaruk, Frank Corrado, Matt Lorito, and Lukas Radil. 

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