To Sochi and beyond – 2013-14 season schedule17.06.2013
At a press conference held today in the Kontinental Hockey League’s Moscow headquarters, Hockey Operations Vice-President Vladimir Shalaev has unveiled the schedule for the forthcoming KHL Championship.
“We had to take into account many conflicting views when we devised this schedule,” Mr. Shalaev explained. “We made several changes to accommodate a number of demands from all quarters: the Ministry of Sport, the Russian Hockey Federation, the coaching staff of Team Russia and from the clubs themselves. While we could not agree to every request, as it would have been simply impossible, we have nonetheless managed to implement the majority of the demands made upon us. Of all the many possible permutations, the one which met with approval from the vast majority of the clubs was a streamlined two-round tournament, one in which each team plays every other team twice - once at home, once on the road – and so we opted for this system. This schedule has also been officially approved by the Russian Hockey Federation, which is especially important as we approach the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.”