Russian Armenian hockey player to miss season due to cancer

00:07   18 August, 2018

Russian Armenian defenseman Samvel Mnatsyan—who plays for Sibir Novosibirsk—will miss out the new Kontinental Hockey League season due to cancer, according to

“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, the diagnosis has been confirmed, and Mnatsyan is now undergoing cancer treatment.

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