Successful resolution of Prokhorkin dispute14.11.2012
The National Hockey League has officially informed the Kontinental Hockey League of the close of arbitration concerning the NHL’s refusal to register the forward Nikolai Prokhorkin’s contract with the Los Angeles Kings hockey club. This decision brings to an end the dispute over the player’s contractual status, which had been running since September of this year.
The dispute arose when 19-year-old attacker Nikolai Prokhorkin (25 games in the KHL, 1 goal, 2 assists; 93 games in the YHL, 37 goals, 48 assists), a player with an existing contract with CSKA Moscow hockey club, signed a contract with the NHL club Los Angeles Kings, who had selected Prokhorkin 121st overall in the in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
On receipt of documentation supplied by the KHL and CSKA confirming Nikolai Prokhorkin’s existing contract with the KHL club, the National Hockey League refused to register the player’s agreement with the Los Angeles club.
The Kontinental Hockey League would like to express its satisfaction that common sense has prevailed in this difficult situation, in spite of the controversial actions of the player’s North American agent. All through the proceedings, the KHL and the NHL acted according to a single legal framework, respected the integrity of the other’s regulatory guidelines and strived to adhere to the agreements concluded between the leagues – not just with words, but with actions.
Thanks to the impartial and professional position of the leadership of the NHL. the efforts from the representatives of the KHL’s sporting departments and the assistance from the CSKA management, a dangerous precedent has been averted, a precedent which could have undermined the principle of cooperation between the KHL and NHL and cast doubt on the existing mechanisms governing the transfer of players between the two leagues.
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