the Hockey club “AK bars” appealed to the leadership of the Continental hockey League (KHL) with a prompt consideration of the early completion of the 2019/20 season without the determination of the owner of the Cup of Gagarin.

“We believe that this decision is the most reasonable and correct, will keep our overall reputation as a hockey family that cares about the safety of its members”, – reads the statement of the club.

“AK bars” expresses “extreme concern” in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, and believes that nobody has the right to take responsibility for the lives and health of people. At the moment, emergency measures on prevention of the virus taken by the government of Russia, rule out the possibility of a full training process for the team, since its continuation exposes a great risk of infecting the players, staff and their families.

AK bars requests to finish the season in the KHL.
In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, we turned to the League with a proposal on the operational consideration of the early completion of season 2019/2020 without determining the winner of the Gagarin Cup https://t.co/NOQXROLdeQ pic.twitter.com/Oqy2xqCZK6

— HC AK bars (@hcakbars) March 18, 2020

in addition, foreign players and coaches made an urgent request to return to their families and friends back home in Belarus, Latvia, Canada, Sweden and Finland, and the club “has no moral right to refuse them”.

we Remind that the Continental hockey League (KHL) this week after the Directive of the Ministry of sport of the Russian Federation has decided to suspend the Gagarin Cup for one week due to pandemic coronavirus. Previously the play-offs starred a Finnish “Jokerit” and Kazakhstan “Barys”.

Left CSKA Moscow and Dynamo, SKA St. Petersburg, Kazan “AK bars” and Ufa “Salavat Yulaev” and Novosibirsk “Siberia”. While SKA and “Siberia” have ahead of scheduleplaces in the next round due to lack of opponents.

“the case of the truncated tournament of the playoffs without the participation of HC “Barys” HC “Jokerit” for the good of the tournament without fans teams sports component this tournament will be missing and will reduce to a minimum the sense of value of a victory in the championship KHL” – believed in Kazan.