SOCHI, August 24 (R-Sport) - The KHL hockey league plans to create a team in Sochi after next February's Winter Olympics, the general manager of the Russian national team said Saturday.
The lack of a top-notch arena means there is no pro team in the Black Sea resort today, but that will change with the arrival of several new facilities including the 12,000-capacity Bolshoi Ice Palace in the newly built Olympic Park.
"As far as I know, it's in the plans of the KHL to have a team here," Alexei Kasatonov said. "Naturally, these arenas should be occupied after the Olympics. It's great that there will be a program in place for them."
Kasatonov spoke on the sidelines of a training session for the Russian national team in Sochi.
The KHL is on a mission to expand as far and wide as possible, with the latest additions coming from Vladivostok, where ex-NHL great Alex Mogilny is setting up a club named Admiral, and Croatia, where Medvescak Zagreb takes the number of participating countries to eight next season.
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