Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ivan Fedotov was shockingly arrested in Russia in late June, and it appears he's not the only NHL player caught up in the situation. Minnesota Wild superstar Kirill Kaprizov is reportedly wanted in Russia after allegedly purchasing a fraudulent military ID, according to Sport-Express.
Upon hearing about the arrest of Ivan Fedotov, Kirill Kaprizov reportedly immediately returned to the United States. His name is linked to fraudulent military IDs being sold to players, including Fedotov, and Kaprizov is now wanted in Russia, per Sport-Express.
— Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) July 6, 2022
Kaprizov was allegedly one of a number of NHL players linked to former Russian police officer Farit Samigullin, who was arrested in April for purchasing and selling fake military identifications, many of which were allegedly sold to hockey players, including Kaprizov and Fedotov.
As a result, Kaprizov is reportedly wanted in his home country, standing accused of having purchased a fake military ID in 2017. Conflicting reports suggest that Kaprizov returned to the United States on June 26, immediately after hearing of Fedotov's arrest. Other reports indicate that the Wild star has not yet returned:
Regarding reports that Kirill Kaprizov is wanted in Russia for allegedly buying a military ID in 2017 and has returned to the United States, a #mnwild source says he is not in the U.S. Obviously this is a complicated story and I'm working to see if there's merit.
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) July 6, 2022
Fedotov was arrested outside of a hockey arena in St. Petersburg in late June. The Flyers goalie was detained at a Russian military base and will be forced to do a year of military service in the Russian Navy, stationed at a base in the Arctic. If Kaprizov remains in Russia and is detained, it's possible he would also be forced to complete his military service.
Fedotov was expected to compete for the Flyers' starting goalie gig this season, though those plans have gone by the wayside following his arrest and detainment.
Kaprizov has emerged as one of the most prolific talents in the NHL. Last season, he finished fifth in goals scored (47) and fifth in total points (108).