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Russians have yet to prove military obligation

Updated: December 5, 2003, 5:05 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

Nikolai Zherdev scored his first National Hockey League goal on Thursday. It remains to be seen if it will be his last this season.

A conference call on Thursday did not clarify the status of the Columbus Blue Jackets winger, who is claimed to have fled from his military obligations in Russia. Progress, however, is being made.

NHL executive vice president Bill Daly arranged the call with the International Ice Hockey Federation, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, the Central Red Army ...

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