MOSCOW, November 16 (R-Sport) - A talented but troubled star of Eastern Europe’s KHL hockey league has left his team after hospitalizing a fellow player in a fight, a source with knowledge of the situation told R-Sport on Saturday.
Mikhail Anisin, 25, was the top scorer in the 2011-12 playoffs as he took Dynamo Moscow to its first KHL championship, but went on strike soon afterwards, and has changed teams three times since then, most recently to Ukraine’s Donbass Donetsk.
The diminutive wing came to blows with his Donbass teammate Sergei Varlamov on Saturday in a brawl that left Varlamov in hospital and spurred Anisin to leave the team, traveling to Moscow, the source said.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the fight. Anisin’s future at Donbass will be decided by head coach Andrei Nazarov, the source said.
Anisin only joined Donbass last month in a trade from Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. Since then he has failed to score a point in six games.
The Donbass team is in Anisin's native Russia on a run of road games, and lost 2-1 to Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Friday. The team's next game is a road matchup against Salavat Yulaev Ufa on Tuesday.