For those that don't know, the Continental Hockey League (abbreviated as KHL, in Russian Континентальная хоккейная лига) is starting up this season. It aims to be a competitor to the National Hockey League (NHL) of North America, which is currently the place where most of the world's top players go to play.
The league is being formed out of the old Russia Super League with the addition of a few other teams from other leagues and other countries. In total, there will be 24 teams in Russia, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Belarus. Teams in Finland and Ukraine are eyeing joining in future years.
Today, the Russian KHL scored their first coup over the NHL, signing the Czech Republic's Jamomir Jagr to play for Omsk. The team in Omsk is owned by one Roman Abramovich, who apparently owns some football team here in London . Jagr has played for some of the biggest teams in the NHL over the years, but at 36 years old was finding some trouble in getting a multiple year deal with an NHL team.
The league has attempted to court big name Russian players to come over from the NHL, but so far the biggest names - Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin have all elected to stay with their NHL teams. As well, two young Russians selected in the NHL draft recently - Nikita Filatov by the Columbus Blue Jackets and Viktor Tikhonov by the Phoenix Coyotes - have both indicated a desire to play in the NHL next season, and not in Russia.
Well I know that visas are required for a Canadian to visit Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan (very nice...), no visa required for me to visit Latvia. Hmmm, me thinks a winter trip to Riga to catch a game will be in order.
And with that, I will leave this thread to whither and die, much like all my previous attempts to interest people things like the CONCACAF Champions League.
And with that, I will leave this thread to whither and die...
See, I told you.
Yea, well, this league is threatening to take players away from CANADA!
Canadians won't STAND for it! Yea! Canadians will send a STERN letter to the Russians!
That'll put 'em in their place....By the way, I wrote an article, too and it's being ignored....I feel shamed......Hurt.....I know how you feel.
Makes one want to go travel. Think I'll go walk to the park and sulk......
A stern letter. That sounds like something that would come from Canada.
Doesn't Canuckistan make the world's supply of hockey sticks? Maybe they'll refuse selling any to Russia as a lesson in hockey economics. Just send them moose antlers instead.
Nah, I'm pretty sure like everything else nowadays they are made by children in factories in Laos and China.
No, really, a VERY stern letter.
Dear Mr. Putin, or whoever is in charge...
I wish to protest, in the strongest terms, about the new hockey league that is threatening to sign players from Canada.
The very idea of Canadians going to Russia to play hockey is like sending coal to Newcastle.
I will explain that. Newcastle has a lot of coal so they don't need any. Not that I'm equating Canadian hockey players to coal. I mean, there are a lot of Russian hockey players around, most of them playing in North America.
Actually, we don't need Russian hockey players so feel free to take them back.
Not that I'm saying they aren't welcome. I mean, they are free to come and go as they please. It's just that we have enough hockey players here.
Not that we aren't glad to see Russians visiting Canada as tourists. Well, only if they bring American dollars rather than rubles. Actually, the Canadian Dollar is almost par with the american dollar.....I digress...
If your hockey federation continues on it's present course Canada will be forced to recall our Ambassador and stop the importation of Russian Bubble gum.
Thank you and sorry for the tone of the letter.
A nice letter, but...
A) we do want Russian hockey players in Canada. They are pretty impressive...
B) we don't want Russians bringing Rubles or US Dollars, but they could bring Euros. Those are worth a lot of money.
No more. I give. Too serious in here....Cheez.....
What, just like that, Mr. Fancy Shoes gives in? Come on, I would expect more of a guy who had to buy shoes once just to get on a plane. You are a Canadian, man! Don't just give in because some ass puts numbers in front of his points!