Russian Armenian defenseman Samvel Mnatsyan—who plays for Sibir Novosibirsk—will miss out the new Kontinental Hockey League season due to cancer, according to Championat.com.
“The [medical] examination in Novosibirsk [Russia] didn’t show much good results,” said Shumi Babaev, the agent of the 28-year-old hockey player. “Now we have sent him to Germany, and are waiting for final results.
“We didn’t publicize the information [earlier] so that we wouldn’t make Samvel’s relatives and the public worry.”
But according to Championat.com, the diagnosis has been confirmed, and Mnatsyan is now undergoing cancer treatment.