NHL Rumors: Kaprizov Denied Entry into U.S Twice

In one of the scariest stories of the summer, the Kirill Kaprizov saga continues. Reports have surfaced stating the Minnesota Wild forward and Russian citizen has reportedly been denied entry into the United States on two separate occasions after there's been several reports out of Russia stating he forged his military ID's a few years back.

According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, the Russia star attempted to enter the U.S from Dubai but was turned away and then later tried to cross the ocean via the Caribbean Islands and still was not permitted to enter. He's reportedly headed back to Russia after the two failed attempts.

As per reports:

The Athletic previously reported that many European players participated in the 2021-22 NHL season without work visas after the league negotiated with the U.S. government to provide exceptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, general manager Bill Guerin refuted a report that Kaprizov returned to the U.S. after Philadelphia Flyers prospect Ivan Fedotov was reportedly detained in Russia on charges of intending to forgo military service. Guerin said Kaprizov was doing well and was staying with friends and family in Russia, adding that the team is trying to find out more about his situation. Fedotov's agent, J.P. Barry, said the goaltender is at a remote military base in northern Russia.

At this point it's early to speculate, no doubt, but this scary incident could perhaps spill over to the regular season where the Wild may be without their best player. 

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