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06-03-2012, 01:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Yukon Joe View Post
Doubt it.

My own heritage is slavic (Ukrainian). I'm proud of that heritage, will probably pull for Ukraine in the Euro cup (since Canada obsiously doesn't play), but beyond that why should I care about KHL teams? I've never been to Russia, I don't know the teams (other than Locomotiv) and don't know the players. When my ancestors came to this country there was no KHL - hell it was before the USSR!

It could work as a one-off spectacle, and it certainly helps Prokhorov show off his arena to the Islanders, but the KHL isn't going to open a north american franchise.
That's why I said recent immigrants. Aside from Prokhorov, Brooklyn has a massive Russian population that are mostly post-Cold War immigrants. Chicago has another huge, recent population of Eastern Europeans. These are places where you might be able to get 15,000 people to show up for an annual game... they could also add in London and Paris for the same reasons and just rotate it around. Of course a franchise won't happen

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