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04-27-2012, 05:56 AM
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I sometimes disscuss with swedes here, so I can imagine their/your opinion and reasons for it.

You mentioned IIHF ranking of attendance. Look at number, all above 80%, two 100%. KHL has more teams than Elitserien, SM-Liiga, therefore overall numbers are lower (and Lokomotiv did not play KHL this season). I would not say people are not intersting in KHL. Even HC LEV Poprad, as newcomer, not connected to russian hockey history (like sweden, finland) had attendance 95,8%. Many KHL clubs have small arena, but they are buiding new one. Do you know why? Because fans are interesting in hockey matches and attendance is low.

Dynamo Minsk 14,193 - 94.08%
SKA St. Petersburg 10,126 - 81.01%
Avangard Omsk 9,143 - 88.61%
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 8,961 - 98.80%
Salavat Yulayev Ufa 7,950 - 100.00%
Dinamo Riga 7,733 - 75.08%
Traktor Chelyabinsk 7,337 - 97.83%

Amur Khabarovsk - 100.00%
Met. Magnitogorsk - 93,08%
Lev Poprad - 95,8%
Avtomobilist - 64% as worst team in ranking

Take into account, that some clubs dont send real numbers of attendance (not to pay higher tax), Example of Dynamo Moscow at Megasport arena - officialy cca 9000 fans, reality - cca 13 000 fans. I would say IIHF does not have valid info about attendance in KHL.

People in Sweden consider the KHL to be a strange corrupted league.
it is not about quality of hockey, but about hating Russia, Putin or so. It is problem of your nation if you are Swede. No offence, but it is bad picture of KHL. KHL has more liberal rules than NHL.

KHL is about bussiness. If clubs from sweden does not want to make profit, it is their problem.

Slovaks dont like KHL as well, majority of them. But still, HC LEV Poprad had attendance 95,8%.

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