Russian hockey star Malkin fled from his team in Helsinki
On Saturday, Evgeni Malkin, one of the brightest stars of the Russian ice-hockey, fled from his team Metallurg (Magnitogorsk, Russia) that arrived to Helsinki (Finland) for pre-season training.
Leadership of his club failed to find him on the bus heading to the training camp in Tampere. The team had been waiting for him for an hour and a half, but he failed to appear. As Sport Express reports, Malkin, although several days before he had signed a contract with Metallurg, was ready for escape as early as while being in Moscow and was just waiting for having his foreign passport in his hand, which was given to him in the Finnish airport.
Now the Metallurg management is going to sue the Pittsburgh Penguins, the club Malkin supposedly fled to. In the USA, his action has already been compared to Alexander Mogilny, who defected to the United States in 1989. It happened in another northern country, Sweden, where the world championship was held at that time.
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