Wild LW Kirill Kaprizov arrives in Minnesota after questions about his return from Russia, per report (2023)

The status of Minnesota Wild winger Kirill Kaprizov has been murky this offseason, but there is finally some clarity on the matter. Kaprizov has arrived in Minnesota, per a report from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune.

Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, Kaprizov's exact whereabouts and availability for the start of the 2022-23 season have been up in the air, but the superstar forward is now back on American soil with training camp just weeks away.

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Back in July, Kaprizov's name was linked to a Russian investigation into alleged military service evasion. At the 2022 NHL Draft, Wild general manager Bill Guerin said that Kaprizov was still in Russia and doing well.

"He's in Russia, and he's doing fine," Guerin said, via CBS Minnesota. "He's with his friends and with his family."

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With Kaprizov in Minnesota and preparing for his third NHL season, the Wild can breathe a sigh of relief. A fifth-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2015, Kaprizov made his NHL debut in the 2020-21 season and immediately became the franchise's best player.

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As a 23-year old rookie, Kaprizov put up 27 goals and 51 points in just 55 games. Kaprizov built upon that and posted monster numbers last year. In 2021-22, he ranked fifth in the NHL in both goals (47) and points (108).

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Going into next season, Kaprizov will be asked to shoulder an even bigger load in Minnesota. The Wild have been hit with more than $12 million in dead money against the salary cap due to buyout penalties, and the franchise was forced to trade away young winger Kevin Fiala after he scored 33 goals last year. The Wild, led by Kaprizov, must find a way to pick up some of that slack in order to remain a contender in the Western Conference.

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FAQs

Why did Kaprizov go back to Russia? ›

After the season, instead of rescheduling that appointment, Kaprizov chose to return to Russia and wait to get his work visa because he would have had to surrender his passport at the consulate and wait for his work visa.

How long will Kaprizov be with the Wild? ›

Last September, the Minnesota Wild and Kirill Kaprizov put pen to paper on a 5-year, $45 million extension. The agreement locked the winger in Minnesota through the 2025-2026 season.

Did Kirill Kaprizov serve in the military? ›

PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - The Minnesota Wild's general manager is denying media reports that Kirill Kaprizov returned to the U.S. after questions surrounding his military service in Russia. Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin said Kaprizov remains in Russia and is doing well.

What was Kirill Kaprizov injury? ›

During the Minnesota Wild's first preseason game, against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday afternoon, Kirill Kaprizov cut his game short after potentially suffering an ankle injury.

Are Russian NHL players allowed to play in the NHL? ›

Life for players in the NHL

Forty Russian-born players made opening night rosters in the NHL. (There are currently no Ukrainian-born players in the league.) As locker rooms have reopened to the media this season, those players are more accessible. One Russian player told ESPN that he was in an "impossible situation."

How did Kaprizov get back to the US? ›

It isn't known if Kaprizov was able to exit Russia because the Wild got him a U.S. work visa, according to Russo. Kaprizov, 25, set a new franchise single-season scoring record after putting up 108 points in 81 games during the 2021-22 campaign.

Why was MN Wild delayed? ›

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League and Minnesota Wild today announced that tonight's game between the Wild and St. Louis Blues has been postponed. The decision was made out of respect for the community, following the tragic shooting that occurred in Brooklyn Center, Minn., Sunday afternoon.

How long is the Minnesota Wild been in the NHL? ›

The Wild began play in 2000, becoming the first NHL franchise in Minnesota since the North Stars moved to Dallas following the 1993 season. The state was granted an NHL franchise in 1997 and was to begin playing in the 2000-01 season.

Who is the best player on the Minnesota Wild 2022? ›

Kirill Kaprizov

What is a military ID in Russia? ›

Military identity card of the Russian Armed Forces (Russian: Военный билет Вооружённых сил России) is a document issued to soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and other "power" agencies, where military service is provided, as well as to those who are exempt from military service or upon admission to ...

Is Kaprizov in Russia right now? ›

Minnesota Wild star Kirill Kaprizov has left Russia to return to the United States, The Athletic's Michael Russo reports. Multiple media reports from Russia earlier in the off-season said Kaprizov was wanted in his native country for allegedly buying a fake military ID card in 2017.

Did Kirill Kaprizov flee Russia? ›

Wild's Kirill Kaprizov remains in Russia amid reports of fake military ID, flight to U.S. - The Athletic.

Did Minnesota Wild player get suspended? ›

Mason Shaw suspended two games for kneeing

The incident occurred at 12:10 of the second period. Shaw was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and game misconduct. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Shaw will forfeit $8,108.10.

Who broke their sternum in the NHL? ›

Girard suffered his broken sternum on a hit from St. Louis forward Ivan Barbashev in Game 3 of the Avalanche's second-round playoff series. Defenseman Bowen Byram stepped in to fill Girard's place — quarterbacking the team's second power-play unit — and Girard later watched as Colorado hoisted the Stanley Cup.

Who is the youngest NHL player? ›

Juraj Slafkovsky is the youngest active NHL player in the 2022-23 season. Slafkovsky is 18 years old and plays for the Montreal Canadiens.

Why are Russians still allowed to play in NHL? ›

During the spring, commissioner Gary Bettman said that Russians “are performing in the NHL for their NHL team for NHL fans,” and the NHL never considered banning them, especially that many of them are some of the most talented hockey players in the world.

What percent of NHL is Russian? ›

There Are 57 Russian Players in the NHL

In terms of percentages, Russian players account for 5.4% of all the currently active players in the NHL now. These currently active Russian NHL players have played 14,675 NHL games in their careers.

Is NHL banning Russians? ›

The NHL has never considered banning Russians, many of whom are some of the most skilled hockey players in the world. Commissioner Gary Bettman told The AP during the spring Russians "are performing in the NHL for their NHL team for NHL fans."

Why did the Dallas Stars leave Minnesota? ›

Several reasons were cited for the relocation, including poor attendance during a string of losing seasons, the failure to reach deals for a new arena in either Minneapolis or Saint Paul, and a sexual harassment lawsuit against Green that resulted in his wife threatening to leave him unless he moved the team.

What caused the 2012 NHL lockout? ›

An issue for the owners were desires to reduce the players guaranteed 57% share of hockey-related revenues, introduce term limits on contracts, eliminate salary arbitration, and change free agency rules.

How is Kaprizov doing? ›

KIRILL KAPRIZOV NEWS

Kaprizov now has 56 points, including 30 helpers, in 45 games this season and is nearing the NHL's top-10 scoring list. Twenty-five of his points have come with the man advantage. Wild star Kirill Kaprizov scored his 100th career goal.

Will the Minnesota Wild make the playoffs 2022? ›

Did the 2021-22 Minnesota Wild make the Playoffs? Yes, the Minnesota Wild made the Playoffs in 2022. They lost their only series against the St. Louis Blues in the First Round.

How many Minnesota Wild games will be on ESPN? ›

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that 15 games will be nationally televised during the 2022-23 NHL season. Minnesota's national broadcast schedule features one game on ABC, two contests on ESPN, five games on ESPN+/Hulu and seven contests on TNT.

What MN Wild players are out? ›

Updated 12/12/22
PLAYERINJURYDATE OF INJURY
Jonas BrodinIllness11/23
Marc-Andre FleuryUpper Body11/15
Jordan GreenwayUpper Body11/8
Brandon DuhaimeUpper Body11/1
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How many NHL teams get in as Wild card? ›

Under the postseason system from 2014 to 2019 and 2022 onward, the top three teams in each division make the playoffs, with two wild-cards in each conference (for a total of eight playoff teams from each conference). The format is division-based, similar to the 1982 system.

Why did the Minnesota Wild retire Number 1? ›

The Wild retired No. 1 in honor of their fans prior to their first NHL game on Oct. 11, 2000. "No one worked harder than Mikko during his time with the Minnesota Wild," Wild general manager Bill Guerin said.

Has the Minnesota Wild ever won the Stanley Cup? ›

The Wild were founded on June 25, 1997, but did not start playing until the 2000–01 season. They were the first NHL franchise in Minnesota since the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas, Texas in 1993.
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Minnesota Wild
Stanley Cups0
Conference championships0
Presidents' Trophy0
Division championships1 (2007–08)
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Who is the fastest skater on the MN Wild? ›

Minnesota Wild: Martin Havlat

Martin Havlat holds the title as the fastest skater for the Wild.

Who is the highest paid player on the Minnesota Wild? ›

The highest paid hockey player in Minnesota, Wild winger Kirill Kaprizov, would rank No.

Who are the Minnesota Wild biggest rival? ›

The biggest rivals of the Minnesota Wild® are the Colorado Avalanche®, the Chicago Blackhawks® and the Winnipeg Jets™. The St. Louis Blues® also have a place of contention in the Wild's heart, being divisional rivals and meeting in the playoffs multiple times.

What are the 4 types of veterans? ›

Under VEVRAA, a veteran may be classified as a ''disabled veteran,'' ''recently separated veteran,'' ''active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran,'' or ''Armed Forces service medal veteran. ''

Is a military ID good for TSA? ›

All members of the U.S. Armed Forces must include their DoD ID number in the Known Traveler Number field when making flight reservations and a TSA PreCheck® indicator must be visible on your boarding pass.

What is a red military ID? ›

Red (DD FORM 2) - Retired members of the Reserves and National Guard under the age of 60 (Gray Area). Also issued to family members of the Reserves and National Guard not on Active Duty order for more than 30 days.

Who is the best Russian NHL player? ›

Russian NHL Players ‑ All-Time Stats
Overall
RkNameBorn
1Alexander Ovechkin1985
2Evgeni Malkin1986
3Sergei Fedorov1969
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Is ice hockey big in Russia? ›

Ice hockey in Russia is one of the most popular sports in the country.

Who is the Russian bear NHL? ›

In his NHL career, Nazarov played 571 regular season games, scoring 53 goals and 71 assists for 124 points.
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Andrei Nazarov
BornMay 22, 1974 Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
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How many people are escaping from Russia? ›

In this third wave alone, nearly 300,000 Russian citizens had left Russia before 27 September, with that number approaching 400,000 by 4 October. An upper estimate is for 700,000 Russians to have fled conscription since it was announced.

What city has Russia seized? ›

Russia has seized most of Luhansk, but about half of Donetsk remains under Ukraine's control. There have repeatedly been conflicting reports over who controls Soledar, where a bloody battle has raged for months.

What happened to the Russian hockey team? ›

After 1991, the Soviet team competed as the CIS team (part of the Unified Team) at the 1992 Winter Olympics. After the Olympics, the CIS team ceased to exist and was replaced by Russia at the 1992 World Championship.

Why was Shaw suspended? ›

Minnesota Wild forward Mason Shaw received a two-game suspension Friday for kneeing Evgeny Svechnikov of the San Jose Sharks. The incident occurred Thursday during the second period of the Sharks' 5-2 win over the Wild. Shaw was given a major penalty for kneeing plus a game misconduct.

How long was Dale Hunter suspended? ›

Dale Hunter was reprimanded by newly crowned NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and subsequently suspended for the first 21 games of the 1993-94 season. At the time, this was the longest suspension in league history resulting from an “on-ice incident.”

Why was Jamie McLennan suspended? ›

McLennan was assessed a Match Penalty for slashing Detroit's Johan Franzen at 17:01 of the third period, one of four different penalties the Flames were assessed for aggressive and illegal use of the stick (slashing or cross-checking) in the closing minutes of play. The Red Wings led 5-1 at the time.

Did Richard Zednik survive? ›

Zedník is known for sustaining and surviving a life-threatening injury during a February 2008 NHL game when the skate of his teammate Olli Jokinen accidentally sliced his common carotid artery.
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Richard Zedník
Playing career1996–2011
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Is Mark Borowiecki okay? ›

The medical team has determined that Mark has no major injuries, but his return to practice and game play is subject to further rest, observation and testing.

Who dented the bottom of the Stanley Cup? ›

In the aftermath of the Avalanche beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup, right wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel skated toward the scrum of teammates for a team photo with the Cup in hand, only to lose his footing and slam the trophy on the ice as he fell, denting the base.

Can a 17 year old play in the NHL? ›

Per AHL By-Laws, the age limit for eligibility to compete in the league is 18 years or over, on or before September 15 of each season.

Who has the shortest NHL career? ›

Randy Exelby's NHL career consisted of three minutes of ice time with the Montreal Canadiens and 60 minutes with the Edmonton Oilers.

Who is the oldest rookie in NHL history? ›

On Oct. 11, 1969, at the age of 34, Barlow made his NHL debut as a member of the Minnesota North Stars; becoming the oldest rookie to play a game in NHL history (to be eclipsed three years later, by 38-year-old Connie Madigan).

Is Kirill Kaprizov wanted in Russia? ›

Photo: NHL.com

The 25-year-old returned to Russia on June 26. Per Sport-Express, Kirill Kaprizov is now wanted in Russia with his name being linked to fraudulent military IDs that were sold to CSKA players including goaltender Ivan Fedotov.

Is Kirill Kaprizov still in Russia? ›

Russian newspaper Sport-Express reported Wednesday that Kaprizov immediately returned to the U.S. after Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov was taken to a remote military base in northern Russia because his name was linked to fraudulent military identification.

Will NHL ban Russians? ›

The NHL has never considered banning Russians, many of whom are some of the most skilled hockey players in the world. Commissioner Gary Bettman told The AP during the spring Russians "are performing in the NHL for their NHL team for NHL fans."

How much of the NHL is Russian? ›

There Are 57 Russian Players in the NHL

In terms of percentages, Russian players account for 5.4% of all the currently active players in the NHL now. These currently active Russian NHL players have played 14,675 NHL games in their careers.

Was Kirill a KGB agent? ›

KGB affiliation

Forbes reported on 20 February 2009 that, "Kirill, who was the Metropolitan of Smolensk, succeeds Alexei II who died in December after 18 years as head of the Russian Church. According to material from the Soviet archives, Kirill was a KGB agent (as was Alexei).

Why was Kaprizov denied entry? ›

Russo, citing league sources, said Kaprizov was "turned away" while returning to the United States via Dubai, likely because he doesn't have a work visa.

Who said Kaprizov overpaid? ›

Doughty, who called Kaprizov "overpaid" last year, took a cross-check to the face from Kaprizov at 14:48 of the second period. Kaprizov delivered the blow after taking a beating from Doughty and the Kings – without drawing a penalty – over the first 35 minutes of the game.

What does Kirill mean in Russian? ›

The name Kirill is boy's name of Russian origin meaning "lordly". Strong and attractive form of Cyril.

Which NHL team has most Russian players? ›

The Kings have the most Swedish players with seven; the Stars Panthers have the most Finns with five; the Capitals and Blues have the most Russians with four; and the Ducks, Coyotes, Bruins, Red Wings, and Maple Leafs have the most Czechs with three.

Why are so many Russian hockey players left handed? ›

Nearly everyone had to play on their off-sides.

Most Soviet players were taught to play left-handed, with their dominant right hand on the top of the stick to facilitate stick-handing.

What do Russian NHL players say about war? ›

They are concerned on both sides of the ocean.” NHL players have mostly been advised not to talk about the invasion of Ukraine. Ovechkin, a special case given his place as one of the most influential and popular Russian athletes at home and in the U.S capital, said in his public comments: “Please, no more war.

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