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from Ollie Williams at the BBC,
It is the jewel in ice hockey’s crown: the fastest league in the world, watched by hundreds of thousands of fans, three times a week for half a year.
North America’s National Hockey League - the NHL - is as good as the sport gets.
Televised, analysed and monetised to within an inch of its life, it is the sport’s beating heart. It is a world away from ice hockey in the UK.
To my knowledge, only one man in England’s Premier League (EPL) has stepped onto the ice as an NHL star. Now, he’s talking to me in a dimly-lit Bracknell car park.
“To these players,” says Ed Courtenay, gesturing towards his team coach, “this is the NHL.”...
On 21 October 1992, at the Montreal Forum, one of the most revered venues in ice hockey, Courtenay scored his first goal for the San Jose Sharks in their 8-4 defeat by the Montreal Canadiens
from Risto Pakarinen at The Hockey News,
According to a report in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, KHL president and IIHF council member Alexander Medvedev has presented the IIHF council his new plan for a pan-European league, going under the working title “United Hockey Europe.”
The new league would have 16 teams from the Nordic countries, 16 from central Europe and 24 from the current KHL, split into four divisions in two conferences, with the conference winners playing in the UHE finals.
“It’s a little too early to start such an ambitious league in the current situation,” said Christer Englund, the chairman of the Swedish hockey federation. “Maybe we’ll get there in (a few) years.”
continued plus more European hockey news…
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Old friend Mats Wennerholm from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet gave this account, with quotes from Foppa:
“I watched Foppa play tonight.He assisted on Modo’s first goal and made the game winning goal in sudden deathI haven´t seen him better in five years.
He was dominating the game and even had a brawl with ex-Shark Marcus Ragnarsson.
All the experts here in Sweden were stunned. The old Foppa was back….”
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Less than a year after the death of Alexei Cherepanov, the Kontinental League finds itself again at the center of a medical controversy, this one involving the younger brother of St. Louis Blues star Paul Kariya.
Martin Kariya, who plays for Dinamo Riga in the KHL, suffered a concussion Saturday night in a game in Moscow when he was hit from behind into the boards, then hit his head on the ice when he fell. But as was the case with Cherepanov, the KHL and medical personnel have come under criticism for how the situation was dealt from a medical standpoint.
According to reports, the medical staff for Dinamo responded immediately and was on the ice, but emergency personnel at the Moscow Spartak rink were apparently sitting in the stands and had to be called using the public address system. They took several minutes to arrive at the scene.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
On the ice, the Detroit Red Wings and Farjestads BK, a Swedish Elite League sensation, are worlds apart. One has world-class talent; the other has players who admire that world-class talent.
That much will probably show on Sept. 30 when the Red Wings visit Karlstad, Sweden to play an exhibition game against FBK.
“Some people can’t even believe we’re able to bring them here to Karlstad,” FBK’s President, former NHLer Hakan Loob, told NHL.com.
It actually fits that the Wings and FBK will play an exhibition game. At least off the ice it’s as if these two organizations were separated at birth. They have each experienced wild success by following business philosophies that are strikingly similar.
“I think there is a comparison to be made,” Loob admitted.
Looking ahead, if the Atlanta Thrashers don’t sign Ilya Kovalchuk by next summer, the KHL probably would offer to make him the highest-paid player on the planet.
Right now the KHL is inflicting pin pricks on the NHL, but if they ever landed a prime player such as Kovalchuk, it could turn the league into a foreign version of the World Hockey Association.
-Kevin Allen of Mucking & Grinding at USA TODAY. More on the KHL from Kevin…
After a 16-year NHL career, Sergei Zubov is heading home as the 39-year old blueliner has signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.
from .Frolundaindians.com (translated),
Frölunda Hockey Club and forward Per-Johan “Pebben” Axelsson has signed a contract for four seasons.
via Hikej.Sport (translated),
Czech hockey attacker Jiri Hudler apparently heading to Continental League. Pětadvacetiletý player has agreed a new contract terms with Detroit and, according to unofficial information should still be on Wednesday to sign a new contract with the Moscow dynamo. Hudler called the evening press conference.
added 9:36am, It is my understanding the press conference will be at noon ET. I will try to update when more information becomes available.
added 9:49am, Nothing on the Dynamo (translated) website about Hudler.
added 10:04am, from Hokej (translated)
“Jirka’s all a long time considered. On the one hand, the NHL field difficult, is not written anywhere that they can not return in two years,” responds Maršoun. Czech representative admits that the Hudlera was really strong interest in Russia.
added 11:46am, via the Dynamo website (translated),
Czech striker Jiři Gudler signed two-year agreement with Moscow’s Dinamo. Holder and Stanley Cup finalist the last two seasons had a contract offer from the Detroit, but eventually chose to pursue a career in the Moscow club.
added 11:50am, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“It’s a real possibility he’s going to take this (Russian) offer,’’ Holland said. “He’d be taking a lot less money to stay in the NHL.’‘
added 12:09pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
There’s a report out there that Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler has signed a one-year deal for $2 million with Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League, but this shouldn’t be viewed as anything other than a negotiating ploy by Hudler’s camp.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Mark Gandler, the agent for goaltender Karri Ramo has signed a two-year deal to play for Avangard Omsk of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. Gandler said Ramo, a restricted free agent who was to be the backup for Mike Smith, has been told he will be Omsk’s No. 1.
“Of course,” Gandler said. “He wouldn’t go over there otherwise.”
Gandler said Ramo’s contract (he would not divulge the value) has an option that would allow Ramo to opt out after one season.
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