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by Paul on 09/01/09 at 09:07 PM ET
from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,
I.I.H.F. President René Fasel managed to strike a delicate balance at his news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, praising Russian hockey-fan-in-chief Vladimir Putin and the K.H.L. while at the same time asserting that the league must honor player contracts, and expressing resistance to the N.H.L. while at the same time vowing cooperation with it.
“In general, I like the K.H.L., and I think that the idea of pan-European leagues is smart, but I still say that national federations and leagues have to live by the same rules,” Fasel said in describing a meeting he had with Putin, an outspoken advocate of K.H.L. expansion into Scandinavia and Central Europe.
“I will never allow the absorption of the weak by the strong,” Fasel said.
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