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06-01-2013, 03:13 AM
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Originally Posted by DeflatedFootball7 View Post
It just occurred to me that Ristolainen will probably have to stay overseas no matter what because of military service.
Originally Posted by DrinkFightFlyers View Post
I wonder if they make exceptions on the military service for athletes. I think US Army/Navy/Air Force allows players to go right into the NFL or NBA if they are drafted and they just defer their military service until after their careers or something.
You have little to nothing to worry about. He'll be there for maybe 30 days and can train on many of those. Couple of weeks for on-ice training. It's not Navy Seal stuff or anything like that.

Finns have 'military' for very good athletes and they get it easier than others. It won't prevent him from playing in NHL. One basketball player that got big contract from Slovenia was there for like a week.

Anyway, he shouldn't be in NHL for at least two years imo so moot point anyway.

Koivu was there in 2011. Didn't seem to hurt him.

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