Hockey veteran Russian signs for German team amid legal dispute

The signing of Miks Indrasis has been announced by Schwenninger Wild Wings – despite a battle with Spartak Moscow.

German ice hockey team Scheveningen Wildwings have announced the signing of Latvian forward Max Andrassis, although the veteran is locked in a bitter battle with Spartak Moscow after a deal has reportedly already been agreed with the Russians.

The Wildwings announced the capture of Andrasis – who has been with the Latvian national team for over a decade. A statement on Monday.

“I am very happy to be playing for Wildwings and would like to thank the management for their confidence and professionalism,” Andrasius said.

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The hockey veteran denied the Russian move after a backlash back home.

“My ambitions are very simple. I want to compete for the championship with Schwenningen. I look forward to the start of the season with great anticipation and can’t wait to see the fantastic fans.

Andrassis, 31, has been embroiled in scandal in recent weeks after KHL team Spartak Moscow announced in June that they had signed the Latvian to a one-year deal for next season.

This surprised many because the Latvian parliament, Saimaa, had previously banned sports stars from playing in Russia, saying any player who did so would be automatically exiled from the national team. .

Andrassis faced a backlash in his homeland after the Spartak news broke, but in another twist, the hockey star came out days later and publicly denied that he had “valid contract” Along with the Moscow team, dismissed the news as a lie.

Spartak responded by promising legal action and saying they would seek compensation from Andrasys for breaching their contract.

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Russian shop Champion reported Monday that Andrassis has not yet terminated his contract with Spartak, and that he owes the Russians about 5.6 million rubles in compensation (about $100,000).

Hockey has become a touchstone for political tensions in recent weeks, with Swedish and Finnish officials joining Latvia in banning players from their national teams if they play in the Russia-based KHL. be given

It’s a fate faced by Latvian goaltender Janis Kalnens, who has signed a contract with Amur Khabarosik.

Defending his decision, the 30-year-old told media in his homeland: “It was the best option for my family and for my life after hockey.”

I’m an old man and I know how people can react and how the media will twist it. We each live our own lives and make decisions that are best for us and our family,” he added.

Czech Star Lukasz Klook, who terminated his contract with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk after the conflict with Ukraine broke out, recently argued that players should have the right to choose.

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Cloke, now bound for the NHL and the Arizona Coyotes, said he was treated well during his time in Russia, even after the controversy erupted in February.