NHL-bound goaltender Ivan Fedotov was detained in Russia for dodging the draft and sent to serve in the Arctic, state media reported Sunday.
Fedotov, 25, was detained Friday in St. Petersburg at the request of the military prosecutor’s office, according to the city’s Fontanka.ru news website.
He was reportedly hospitalized after falling ill with what his lawyer called stress-induced gastritis.
“Ivan was allegedly sent from the hospital to Severomorsk at night,” lawyer Alexei Ponomaryov told the sports.ru website early Sunday.
The closed town of Severomorsk, population 50,000, is located on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle and is the administrative base of the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet.
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“Ivan Fedotov is already in Severomorsk for military service,” the state-run TASS news agency quoted an unnamed security source as saying later that day.
“His presumed location for deployment will be one of the military units on Novaya Zemlya [archipelago] in the Arctic Ocean,” they added.
The Kremlin, which sent troops into Ukraine in February, brushed aside concern for Fedotov in and outside Russia.
“In our law there is military duty. So any emotional comments on this are absolutely inappropriate,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.
Fedotov signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in May after being selected in the 2015 Entry Draft.