Minnesota Wild superstar Kirill Kaprizov has twice been denied entry to the United States and has apparently returned to his native Russia, Athleticismreported Michael Russo on Friday.
Russo, citing league sources, said Kaprizov was “turned away” upon returning to the United States via Dubai, likely because he did not have a work visa. As previously reported by Athleticismmany players from outside North America were able before the 2021-22 season to enter the United States or Canada without a visa as many consulates were overwhelmed by a backlog of applications caused by COVID-19.
Again citing league sources, Russo reported that Kaprizov then attempted to enter North America across the Atlantic Ocean via an unnamed island in the Caribbean, but was again denied entry. and returned home.
“It’s scary. It’s scary for all of us,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. Athleticism. “It is a frightening situation in our world. To see someone as close as we know to Kirill, yeah, it’s a scary situation. And we hope everything will be settled correctly.
Kaprizov had previously been accused of buying a fake military ID card in 2017, presumably to avoid serving in the Russian armed forces. Kaprizov’s father argues his son was a student, which allowed him to avoid military service, but that waiver would have expired on June 30.
Kaprizov, 25, won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year for 2020-21. He continued his rise this season, scoring 47 goals and adding 61 assists for 108 points in 81 games with the Wild.