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Watch: Flyers’ Michkov Makes Appearance at KHL All-Star Game



Matvei Michkov, Philadelphia Flyers
Despite having pneumonia, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matvei Michkov still represented HK Sochi at the KHL All-Star Game. (Photo: HK Sochi, KHL)

Previously, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matvei Michkov was set to miss the KHL All-Star game due to illness, which was later revealed to be pneumonia. However, that didn’t stop the future Flyers star from showing up for the fans and his peers.

In the video above, Michkov appears next to a KHL mascot, and flexes his All-Star jersey to the camera and to the crowd. The Flyers prospect doesn’t appear to be over the moon, but we’re sure he’d rather not have pneumonia and instead be out there on the ice, playing in his first KHL All-Star game.

Before getting sick for the second time this season, the Russian sensation racked up 11 goals, 15 assists, and 26 points in only 29 games. His production has been among the best the KHL has ever seen, and that’s without also accounting for his age. As it stands, Michkov is on pace to finish the season with 21 goals, 29 assists, and 50 points in 58 games.

Michkov celebrated his 19th birthday just one day before appearing at the All-Star game – Dec. 9 – and unfortunately spent it under the weather. The Flyers’ 2023 No. 7 overall pick is expected to recover by the end of December, though an exact timeframe is still unclear. Per his club, HK Sochi, via Hockey News Hub, “Matvei’s participation in the matches immediately after the KHL pause is still in question – 50/50. It depends on how the body reacts, how it feels. Most likely, he will be able to play in the home series from December 26.”

It is clear, however, that the Philadelphia Flyers will not be seeing Michkov play within the next week. The 19-year-old has been ruled out for the upcoming Channel One Cup, which runs from Dec. 14 through Dec. 19. In addition to Michkov, six other players were also deemed unable to play.

In the meantime, Michkov will continue to carefully recover from pneumonia, which can be a very tricky illness to deal with, and especially for athletes.

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