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The KHL released a statement yesterday about their interest in expanding to Italy.  Today, some words from the man behind it, Alexander Medvedev:

“Here ice hockey is tradition too and the sport - a mixture of speed, guile and imagination – resembles the Italian character. The expansion of the League is irreversible, the result of a geopolitical project, and it will bring in fans from all over Europe. In Saint Petersburg for example, where there is also the football club Zenith managed by Luciano Spalletti, a public survey revealed that 98% of female fans preferred a hockey player’s image over a footballer’s. That could happen in Italy too. I am very happy that the Federation is here today and I hope that this initiative can help the movement grow up from its roots. So, see you again in April, when we’ll launch the project.”

Hard to know if he’s marketing a hockey team or a new boy band. Regardless, we’ve heard from a few Italian hockey fans who say they’re pretty excited about the KHL’s expansion.

You can read more here.

*thanks to a KK reader for the tip

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexander+medvedev, khl

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Are you sure this isn’t from The Onion??

I love that both Italian people and hockey players show guile.  Guile, as in “insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception.”

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 06/24/11 at 06:02 PM ET

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