The IIHF is rumored to be banning both Russia and Belarus, which recently amended its constitution to allow Russia to store its nuclear weapons there. This is the first official pro sports group to announce some kind of punishment for ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
— Pekka Jalonen (@PekkaJalonen) February 28, 2022
Banning participation in sports tournaments likely doesn’t move the needle on the international stage, but it is significant since hockey is big in Russia for obvious reasons. I’m sure we are all watching the situation in Ukraine and wondering what’s next. This is the first significant hockey news to hit related to the incident, aside from others calling for banning of Russian players in the NHL.
According to @iltalehti_fi, IIHF will exclude the RUS & BLR from the international hockey later this evening.
– RUS won't host '23 WJC or '23 WC.
– RUS & BLR won't play in '22 WC.
– AUT will replace Russia, FRA will replace Belarus.
– Hartwall Arena won't host any games.
— Ville Lampinen (@VilleLampinen) February 28, 2022
The main points from the article here, these are major IIHF sanctions.