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Russian, Belarusian players barred from selection in 2022 CHL import draft


The Canadian Hockey League has announced that Russian and Belarusian players will be ineligible for selection at its upcoming import draft.


The umbrella organization for the country's three major junior hockey leagues - the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League - made the announcement Wednesday.


The move was considered likely after the CHL condemned in a March 2 statement Russia's invasion of Ukraine with the support of Belarus.


The ban does not include players currently on a CHL protected list.


A total of 85 players were selected at the most recent import draft last June, including a high of 16 from Russia and 11 from Belarus.

The 2022 import draft will be held July 1.


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