Former Montreal Canadiens prospect Daniel Audette has been playing in Europe since 2020 after five years in the American Hockey League. The 2014 fifth round pick started the 2021-22 season with Vityaz Podolsk in the KHL, but joined SHL club HK Orebro later in the year due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
In May, Audette decided he was going to return to Vityaz Podolsk for the 2022-23 season, agreeing to a contract with the team. But the 26-year-old won't be suiting up for them after all.
Audette has terminated his contract with Vityaz Podolsk after his parents told him that they don't want him playing in Russia. Audette then had to pay two-thirds of his contract in order for the contract to be terminated.Note: the following is translated from Swedish.
"The family decided that Daniel would not go to Russia and that the contract would be terminated. According to KHL rules, they paid a penalty of two-thirds of the amount because it is a decision made on the initiative of the player." said Igor Varitskij, Vitjaz Podolsk's general manager.
Varitskij added, "He (Daniel Audette) is a young guy and I think he is influenced by his parents' opinions, just like other young players in both Europe and North America."
Audette, a native of Blainville (Quebec), will now play for Lausanne HC in Switzerland's top division, National League, after agreeing to a two-year contract recently.