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Putin: Our Hockey League Can Challenge NHL

Putin: Our Hockey League Can Challenge NHL
15:13 24/02/2012
NOVO-OGAREVO, February 24 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: hockey, NHL, KHL, Vladimir Putin, Russia

Eastern Europe’s KHL hockey league will challenge the NHL as the world's preeminent competition, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

The KHL was founded in 2008 with 24 teams from the former Soviet Union, and now contains 22 ex-Soviet teams, plus Lev Poprad from Slovakia.

“To a certain extent our Kontinental Hockey League is still a weak competitor to the NHL, but it’s gradually gaining momentum, and I’m confident that in time it can become real, good, healthy competition for the NHL,” Putin said.

Meeting with stars of the 1972 Russia-Canada Summit Series at his country residence outside Moscow, Putin said that the series’ success had inspired the KHL’s founders.

“The memories of this series prompted us to start up the KHL. More exactly, to give a new impulse to the development of world hockey,” he said.

He added that the Summit Series had shown that hockey needed to reach beyond national borders to retain its status as a major sport.

“When hockey was split into national ‘territories’ in North America and here in Europe, without the possibility of testing its strength in inter-continental competition, it started to lose its position compared to other sports.”

The 2011-12 KHL is reaching the end of the regular season, which was overshadowed by the death of the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl roster in an air crash while traveling to their first game of the season in September.

 

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  • arnoldvinette@yahoo.comThat would be a GREAT hockey game
    19:06, 24/02/2012
    Just imagine the winner of the Stanley Cup Playoffs playing the winner of the Russian hockey series.

    This hockey game would be for the Professional World Hockey title and would be played in each country over a seven game series.

    The first three games in one country, the next three games in the other country. The 7th and deciding game would be played in the country who has the advantage.

    I know for a fact that the hockey fans in Ottawa and all over Canada and the United States would LOVE that!

    Ottawa where I live is a huge hockey town and all of the NHL talent comes from this area.

    So let the NHL and KHL put together an all Professional World Cup Hockey event with trophy like the Stanley Cup that the winning team can enjoy and share with their communities for the year after their win.

    Great idea and great international relations!

    Arnold Vinette
    Ottawa, Canada
  • arnoldvinette@yahoo.comCorrection - Ottawa provides a lot of hockey talent - not all
    19:09, 24/02/2012
    Correction - Ottawa provides a lot of hockey talent for the NHL - not all. NHL hockey players come from all over the world.

    Just imagine the winner of the Stanley Cup Playoffs playing the winner of the Russian hockey series.

    This hockey game would be for the Professional World Hockey title and would be played in each country over a seven game series.

    The first three games in one country, the next three games in the other country. The 7th and deciding game would be played in the country who has the advantage.

    I know for a fact that the hockey fans in Ottawa and all over Canada and the United States would LOVE that!

    Ottawa where I live is a huge hockey town and "a lot" of the NHL talent comes from this area.

    So let the NHL and KHL put together an all Professional World Cup Hockey event with trophy like the Stanley Cup that the winning team can enjoy and share with their communities for the year after their win.

    Great idea and great international relations!

    It would also be a very profitable event for sponsors and advertisers alike. This alone will drive its success.

    Arnold Vinette
    Ottawa, Canada



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