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07-11-2013, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Jussi View Post
Based on what Göran Stubb (head of CSS European division) recently (YLE radio interview) said about the KHL teams completely wilting nearly all other club hockey activity in Latvia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, I'd say you Swedes are better off not having a KHL team.
As self-proclaimed Kazakh hockey expert, I call bs on Kazakh part of this statement. Kazakh league is in it's best shape, ever despite the fact it has Barys in KHL and two more clubs in VHL. Kazakhstan was strictly one-city country, now hockey teams and arenas are popping up everywhere.

Also a good argument can be made about Latvia's poor economy being to blame for our regional hockey. About Belarus I don't have enough knowledge, but basically without any arguments behind the CSS dude's opinion it's hard to see where he comes from.

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