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SBD Global/January 14, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

KHL President Calls NHL Owners 'Greedy' For Failing To Let Players Play In KHL All-Star Game

KHL President Alexander Medvedev has called NHL owners greedy and lacking "hockey hearts" for failing to make players available for Sunday's KHL All-Star game, according to R-SPORT. Fans in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk had hoped to see the world's top players at the fifth KHL All-Star game this weekend, "but the resolution of the lockout has seen an exodus of the 40-plus NHL stars who had been getting ice time in Russia." Although players like Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin were "contractually obliged to return to their NHL paymaster," Medvedev said it would have done "no harm" for some to take part Sunday. Medvedev: "Not all the people who govern NHL teams have a hockey heart." Their heart, he said, is "made from another material and has money signs stuck to it." He added, "Several clubs look down on the international aspects of hockey development and think that it's better to stew in your own stock" (R-SPORT, 1/13).
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