Nice to see that the new dicta... president is continuing the legacy.
His predecessor was always a great source of crazy ideas who'd make you smile even in your darkest hours.
"President Niyazov of Turkmenistan has ordered the construction of a palace made of ice in the heart of his desert country, one of the hottest on earth."
Don't you just love the totalitarian dictators of some countries, they can do what ever they want and the crazier the idea is, the better.
Niyazov was my favorite, renaming a month in the calendar after his mother and building statues of himself in gold, ice rinks in the middle of a desert.
Berdimuhamedow looks like a crazy one too, chances of a KHL team in Turkmenistan soon?
A country with about the population of Finland with no history of a hockey culture and a very poor populace. It's nice that a couple kids are playing hockey but it will be pretty much luck if they have a player come to the NHL any time soon. Think Slovenia and Kopitar.
That comparison makes no sense. Slovenia has a considerable history of hockey culture. You can find Slovenian players in NHL camps and in the American Hockey League as early as 1968.
Governing bodies don't fund professional teams, they fund grass roots development.
Oh I know. I'm aware of the situation behind the demise of Acroni, just pointing out that their most successful team by far, where nearly all national team players were from, is now defunct.
And is the government really funding hockey that much there? It seems most of their progress has come from outside the country, whether players leaving at a young age to play abroad (see Kopitar for example), or teams like Acroni (until their demise) and Olympija Ljubljana playing in the Austrian league. Though surely participation in the Olympics next year will have some positive effect.