Thread: Ukraine: HC Donbas
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04-24-2012, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by smitty10 View Post
Is there a need/big enough base for two teams in Ukraine? I'd think that Kazzinc-Torpedo or one of the big Belarussian teams would move up before Sokil.
You can tell this post was created in NA. No offence intended.

First off KHL doesn't really want anymore Kazakh or Belarussian teams in the league so unless they pull the necessary infrastructure and budget it's not gonna happen, there league will not be lenient like in Donbass' case. Ust-Kamenogorsk is a real hockeytown but their main arena is reall old and too small and their ownership is a mess. There was talks about second Minsk franchise but it was rebuffed by Belarussian hockey autorities (some even say Lukashenko himself), because they want Dinamo to have monopoly in the town, but there isn't city big enough to generate the KHL resources anywhere else in Belarus.

And about that fanbase thingy, no real Kiev sports fan will ever root for Donetsk sports team. Period. Even then Ukraine is a huge country in a first place, if it wasn't a former Soviet country it could support more than five franchises. Sure general hockey fans will follow DOnbass, but every will leave the bandwagon if the local KHL team would be to emerge.

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