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We’re very pleased to introduce you to Risto Pakarinen, who has graciously agreed to contribute a regular column to KK this coming season, a weekly feature covering European players, both outside and inside the NHL.
Many of you are probably already familiar with Risto’s work, but for those who aren’t, we asked him to tell readers a few quick things about himself…
I’m a Finnish freelance writer, based in Stockholm, Sweden. That’s right, I’m deep behind the enemy lines.
I’m also a regular contributor to IIHF.com, NHL.com, The Hockey News, and several publications in Finland and Sweden. I’ve also covered four World Championships and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics for the IIHF.
And since I foolishly hoisted the Stanley Cup in my twenties, I wake up every morning knowing I will never be able to win it.
Risto’s posts will start in September.
From Risto Pakarinen at Hockey.com,
I’m sure you’ve heard about all the great plans for a super league that would challenge the NHL in Europe. Well, let me just say that the NHL already as several great challengers in Europe. There’s the Swedish league, the Finnish league, the Russian league, the Swiss league, the German league ... you get the point.
It all depends on how you define the challenge, I suppose.
However, while thousands of Finns, Swedes, and Czechs begin their days by checking the NHL scores from the night before, the local leagues are also doing better than ever.
But the dream of “NHL Europe” lives on.