German teams in KHL?
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07-28-2013, 08:17 AM
Join Date: Sep 2005
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Well, current expansions plans by the KHL mean that there would be only 1 German KHL team - either Munich or a complete newcomer like Leipzig or Dresden.
Red Bull just announced plans to build a new multi-purpose arena in Munich for hockey and handball, replacing the aging Olympiahalle. No mention of the KHL - yet. And who knows if that arena ever gets built since they want public land for free to build it on.
Dresden (smallish arena) and Leipzig (no arena at all) have zero chance. Two years ago some St. Petersburg-based German businessman wanted to start a KHL club 'Torpedo Leipzig'... it was obvious he had no own money and just blew a lot of hot air to attract sponsors. He never did so the plan never moved forward. Despite claims that "the future foreign minister of Thailand" was going to be involved and that they would sue the German federation through to the highest court if they didn't give Torpedo their blessings.
That's the amount of professionalism you can expect in German hockey.
I am pretty sure there is enough hockey interest in this country for DEL + 1 KHL team.
But not in the same market. For the club to be accepted and work out you'd have to find a city with no or weak DEL support yet at the same time a big enough arena and enough hockey fans. Good luck with that.
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