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04-29-2013, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Peter25 View Post
Whether the population of a KHL city is 500k or 1000k is irrelevant.

Only four things matter:

1. Is there enough money for hockey
2. The quality of the arena
3. How much interest can the team generate in the city
4. Is there enough kids playing hockey within the city to create a talent pool for the KHL team to get players from.

Even a city with less than 100k people can play in the KHL if all these criterias are met.
At least 5 Russian teams still wouldn't meet the criteria.

But more importantly, it's.. let's say disputable. Because if these are the criteria there shouldn't be a team in for example Yakaterinburg, which is great, large city with a lot of potential, Pavel Datsyuk and so on.

And I can't see how the forth is important at all.

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