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Stanley Cup Will Not Travel to Russia, Belarus Following Final

The NHL has confirmed that the Stanley Cup will not travel to Russia or Belarus this year as a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
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DENVER - The NHL has confirmed that the Stanley Cup will not travel to Russia or Belarus this year as a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Tampa Bay has three Russians -- Andrei Vasilevskiy, Mikhail Sergachev and Nikita Kucherov -- while the Colorado Avalanche has one in Valeri Nichushkin. Neither team has a player of Belarusian descent. 

NHL deputy commissioner said the league could allow for the Cup to travel in the future, as it did during the past two pandemic-affected championships, but there is no set time for this to take place.

Russian and Belarusian players will still be allowed to enter the NHL draft in July.

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