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06-13-2012, 09:57 AM
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Just for good measure however, Galchenyuk has stated that he has given up his Russian passport. As he told Terry Koshan of QMI Agency:

“I just have my American passport now, and it was my decision all the way. My dad said to make the decision that makes me comfortable. I felt comfortable about USA Hockey and how they treat the players. I consider myself an American.”

Another source with knowledge of the eligibility rules has informed me that they’d expect there to be no issue with Galchenyuk’s eligibility. Without the Russian passport, he may no longer be considered a dual citizen in the eyes of the IIHF. Though the fuzzy ruling on Matteau obviously leaves some room for concern.

This is the important line for Galchenyuk: “I consider myself an American.”
No Russian factor to see here. Carry on.

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