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A Philadelphia Flyers goalie was detained in Russia and accused of dodging the military draft after he signed with the NHL team

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Ivan Fedotov
Ivan Fedotov skates across the ice to receive his silver medal after Finland defeated Russian Olympic Committee in the men's gold medal hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in BeijingMatt Slocum/Associated Press
  • Russian Olympic goalie Ivan Fedotov was detained in Russia, accused of dodging the country's army draft, according to reports.

  • Fedotov, who won a championship with the KHL's CSKA Moscow last season, signed with the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers in May.

  • "We're aware of the reports and are investigating the situation," Flyers President of Hockey Operations Chuck Fletcher said.

Ivan Fedotov, a Russian Olympian goalie who recently signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, was detained in Russia and accused of dodging the country's army draft, Russian media reported.

Russian officials met the star Russian goalie at the exit of an ice arena in St. Petersburg and "invited him to go to the military registration and enlistment office," according to the report by Russian online newspaper Fontanka.

Fedotov played last season with the KHL's CSKA Moscow — better known as the Red Army team — and won a league championship. But he reportedly said he wanted to leave the country and his old club to play in America before he was detained.

Fedotov, who backstopped the Russian Olympic Committee team to silver at the Beijing Winter Games earlier this year, signed a one-year contract with the Flyers in May.

"We're aware of the reports and are investigating the situation," Philadelphia Flyers President of Hockey Operations Chuck Fletcher said in a statement to Insider. "We have no further comment at this time."

Fedotov is the latest athlete to have a run-in with Russian authorities. WNBA star Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia earlier this year and faces prison time on drug charges that Kremlin critics say are trumped up to turn her into a political prisoner.

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