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02-13-2013, 01:49 PM
Join Date: Apr 2007
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That would mean the best Latvian club team would have to play in the Belarus league again.
Well, to be right we played in our own Latvian Samsung League before Dinamo Rīga. Only the financial crisis and Dinamo's demands that it's farm club should play in better competition, the local league was relegated to the current level and 4 best teams left to play in Belarus... after a season leaving only 2 teams alive... and after another season only Liepājas Metalurgs.
So it's not hard to understand some Latvians' resentment towards KHL project and Dinamo Rīga not only from natonalistic side but also because it effectively killed the local league and its potential development (on the other hand the financial crisis could have been even a bigger factor in why it failed and anyways, hard to imagine how far we could've grown playing locally in a 2 million country).
I don't frankly see how we were better then than we are now. Sure then there were more local teams and some more guys could earn money with hockey locally but now they do it in Finnish or Swedish 3rd leagues and are not spending Latvia's money on their hobby... I'd say that in reality we need another club in Belarus league and soon we might need (or have, if Liepājas Metalurgs qualify) another one in MHL top league for top youngsters to develop. And that's all we ideally need for hockey for next decade, if Dinamo Rīga does not collapse, of course...
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