Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/06/08 at 03:49 PM ET
from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,
Q: ...As you show in your article, the Russian government considers the K.H.L. an instrument of foreign policy. Given the uncertain economic climate for Russia, are the league’s plans to expand beyond the old Soviet sphere still feasible? How about the newest talk from Slava Fetisov, on expanding into China, Korea and Japan?
Andrew Meier.: Europe remains the first target for growth. Above all, Fetisov, and others behind the founding of the K.H.L., fear that the N.H.L. is bent on a self-serving drive to preserve its market share. To Fetisov, the strategy is both myopic and ultimately detrimental to the game. “There’s no market there,” he told me. “North America’s too small. Europe is the future. That’s where the tradition, and the players, and the fans are.” Jagr, and a whole host of Europeans now playing in Russia, would tend to agree.
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