International News Jun 17, 2020 7:27 PM EST

NHL legend Pavel Datsyuk 'holed up' at Russian monastery with coronavirus conspiracy theorist priest

Former NHL Player Pavel Datsyuk is allegedly hiding out in a Russian monastery along with a priest who believes coronavirus is a conspiracy.

NHL legend Pavel Datsyuk 'holed up' at Russian monastery with coronavirus conspiracy theorist priest
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Former NHL Player Pavel Datsyuk is allegedly hiding out in a Russian monastery along with a priest who believes coronavirus is a conspiracy taking place in order to microchip people. The monastery has been seized by the priest who is guarding it with Cossacks, reports SB Nation.

Datsyuk, a 41-year-old former Detroit Red Wings top player, is reported to be located at Ekaterinburg’s Central Urals Monatery. Pavel Datsuk is known for his incredible stick-handling skills and has been nicknamed the “The Magic Man.”

The local media says that Shiigumen (father superior) Sergius ousted the abbess of the convent and has taken over the area. Sergius was allegedly banned from his religious duties due to his coronavirus conspiracy claims. He referred to the outbreak as a “pseudo-pandemic” being used to microchip people.

Reports claim that Datsyuk supports the religious leader who was supposed to report to a church trial after he defied a patriarch. The trial was set to take place on Monday, but has been pushed until June 26. The priest is a former police officer who previously spent 13 years in prison after he was convicted of murder.

Datsyuk has talked about his orthodox religious beliefs in the past saying, “I’m an orthodox and that says it all.”

The Russian Orthodox Church has been firm on their stance about same-sex relationships:

“This is a very dangerous apocalyptic symptom, and we must do everything in our powers to ensure that sin is never sanctioned in Russia by state law, because that would mean that the nation has embarked on a path of self-destruction,” said [church leader ] Kirill.

Datsyuk played 953 games during his NHL career and announced his retirement on June 18, 2016.

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