LATEST | Controversial former Canucks forward writes letter to Vladimir Putin: After signing KHL contract

Published July 12, 2023 at 1:35 PM
BY COOPER GODIN
     
According to reports in Russia, former Vancouver Canucks forward Brendan Leipsic has written a letter to Vladimir Putin, seeking Russian citizenship.

"Very soon there will be one more Russian citizen on our team. SKA newcomer Brendan Leipsic expressed his desire to take Russian citizenship and wrote a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin." KHL Deputy Chair Roman Rotenberg said.

He went on to add, "It's no secret that in North America he faced bias and injustice, but in Russia he's felt exceptional support from fans, coaches and partners all these years. His favorite player is Alexander Ovechkin, and in Canada he grew up watching our great hockey players like Pavel Bure play. Perhaps Brendan himself will someday play in a Russian national team uniform."

Leipsic, 29, spent parts of two seasons with the Canucks between the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, recording 14 points in 31 games.


He would go on to play for Los Angeles and Washington, the latter where he caused a bit of controversy. In May 2020, screenshots leaked from a group chat Leipsic was in where he was seen making misogynistic comments and calling his teammates Garnet Hathaway and Nic Dowd 'losers'.

The Capitals decided to terminate Leipsic's contract and he headed over to the KHL, where he's spent the last three seasons.

Source: Sport24.ru
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