'Homesick' star rookie strongly considering leaving the NHL to go back home

Published November 27, 2023 at 1:51 PM
BY SKY
     
A young Columbus Blue Jackets player, Dmitri Voronkov, is feeling homesick and thinking about going back to Russia, according to a report.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekäläinen says they're dealing with it internally and hope he stays. Voronkov has had a good start to his rookie season with three goals and six assists in 15 games.

''The biggest hurdle is that Voronkov speaks almost no English, and it was hoped that the Russian players on the roster — Ivan Provorov, Kirill Marchenko and Yegor Chinakhov — would help with his adjustment to a new culture. (Also) He is not married and does not have any family members with him.''

The language barrier and being alone in the US are causing the issue, as he doesn't speak much English, and his Russian teammates haven't fully helped. If they can't resolve it, he might be loaned back to his Russian club.


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