On Tuesday, June 17, KHL President Alexander Medvedev hosted a meeting in Moscow with HC Donbass President Boris Kolesnikov to discuss the possibility of the Ukrainian team participating in the 2014-15 KHL Championship.
The situation regarding the civil unrest in Ukraine remains extremely serious, and furthermore, Donetsk’s Arena Druzhba recently suffered severe damage in an arson attack, thus leaving HC Donbass temporarily without a home stadium. Both Alexander Medvedev and Boris Kolesnikov acknowledged the exceptional importance of the presence of HC Donbass to the KHL and the immense value of the Kontinental Hockey League to sport and culture in the region.
The implications of this highly complicated situation were discussed at length and in great detail. Having considered all the various factors, the leaders of the Donbass club and of the League made the following decision:
In order to help reserve a guaranteed place for the club in the Kontinental Hockey League, HC Donbass shareholders are to acquire a stake in KHL Ltd. However, the team will take a one-year sabbatical, thereby missing the 2014-15 season and returning to the Championship the following year. Players and coaches on existing contracts with HC Donbass will have the terms of their contracts frozen for one year. To ensure that the players maintain the desired level of fitness and retain the opportunity to improve their skills in competitive hockey games, HC Donbass players will be permitted to sign one-year contracts with other clubs in the League.