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KHL President Medvedev Frustrated By Snub From Champions Hockey League
Published December 11, 2013
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DRIVEN BY 'JEALOUSY': KHL Spartak Moscow coach Fyodor Kanareikin said the Champions League’s organizers probably saw some rivalry on the part of KHL. “Maybe, [the champions’ league] was formed specifically as competition to our league, as a reaction to KHL’s expansion into Europe and likely joining of new squads. The IIHF management seems to be jealous of KHL.” Incidentally, the Finnish squad Jokerit, which is joining the KHL as of next season, is to become the league’s first team from outside the former Socialist bloc. Russian oligarchs Gennady Timchenko, Arkady Rotenberg and Boris Rotenberg own a 49% share in the squad and fully control its home arena, Hartwall. Jokerit was initially expected to play in the Champions League next season.
Vladimir Kozlov is a writer in Moscow.