Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/09/12 at 01:39 PM ET
from Tom McEnchroe of Radio Prague,
For 20 years there was only one route for world class Czech ice hockey players – west. But since the creation of the Continental Hockey League in Russia 4 years ago, this once clear system is being ever more distorted. Increasing numbers of European and even American stars now decide to head east rather than into the NHL and it is not only players that seem to be flocking to the Eurasian league, but teams as well. Most recently the first Czech club to join was HC Lev Praha.
The project is not only a risky financial undertaking, but physically it may prove challenging as well. With teams casually having to travel more than a 1000 miles to play their next game. On the other hand, the attractiveness of watching games between teams from the second best league in the world and its situation in the Czech capital gives HC Lev Praha a chance to become one of the most popular teams in Bohemia. I asked to the club‘s manager Normunds Sejejs what were the other reasons for founding a Czech KHL team:
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