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Vladivostok club ready for KHL

On Saturday, April 27th, Kontinental Hockey League President Alexander Medvedev, together with KHL Vice-President Vyacheslav Fetisov, who also represents Primorsky Territory in Russia’s upper house, Disciplinary Committee head Valery Kamensky, and yet another former star of world hockey and Olympic champion, Alexander Mogilny, visited the city of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East. The four took part in the Lieutenant-Colonel Roman Kliz memorial hockey tournament, and later in the day they joined Primorsky Territory Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky for the premiere of the movie Legend № 17, the biopic of the great Soviet forward Valeri Kharlamov. The illustrious gathering also addressed a matter of great importance to Vladivostok – the chances of the city having a professional hockey team competing in the KHL next season, which had received a boost recently with the news that the powerful Summa Group will be the club’s sponsor.

“We flew here to officially announce the entry of a team from Vladivostok into the Kontinental Hockey League,” said Alexander Medvedev. “The club submitted the necessary application and the verdict was a positive one. There will be a special redraft to help them put a team together, and judging by what we’ve seen in Vladivostok I can say there is no limit to what the Far East can achieve.”

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that Alexander Mogilny will be the club president,” added Vyacheslav Fetisov. “I’m confident that with him on board the club will not only be managed in a professional manner, but will also perform well out on the ice.” Alexander Filippenko, a manager who distinguished himself in spells at Amur and Metallurg Novokuznetsk, will be vice-president.

Primorsky Territory Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky explained how the new club will be named: “We’ll throw the question open to the public. From Monday, on my official website, we’ll devote a special section where anyone can make their suggestions for the team’s name and its emblem.”

President-elect Alexander Mogilny, replying to questions about the new team’s head coach, said that two Russian specialists had been among the candidates but both were too busy with the Russian national team to consider the Vladivostok offer, and therefore a head coach from outside Russia has been selected. His identity will be revealed sometime next week.