Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lupul leaves KHL's Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist

Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist left wing Joffrey Lupul confirmed this week that his contract with the KHL team has been terminated.

Lupul became the first NHL player to ever join the KHL after the NHL lockout prevented him from playing as forward for the the Toronto Maple Leafs. After nine games in the KHL, Lupul returned to Canada during a break in the Russian league's schedule and requested to be released from his contract, RSport.ru reports.

Lupul was reportedly unable to adjust to cultural and culinary customs in the Urals.

Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist is the lowest scoring team this season, winning only six of 34 games, according to RSport.ru.