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06-11-2008, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Nemchinov13 View Post
You have a good point about pro-hockey leagues. This is where NHL has the advantage over KHL - tradition and history. KHL has some great rivalries (like the aforementioned CSKA-Dynamo), but it's still a brand new league spread over former Soviet Union. However, if pro teams from Europe would join the league, it could draw national interest and national pride would get involved again. Imagine in the expanded KHL finals: Frolunda vs Dynamo Riga. It's not going to be just that, it's going to be Sweden vs Latvia at the club level. Who ever is going to bring a KHL cup back is going to be treated as a national hero.
Or you might have to worry about it cheapening the national pride angle. There's already the Olympics, and World Championships, and several other international tournaments during the year if I'm not another tournament really going to be that much more of a draw?

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