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On Friday, the 15th of September, the top management of the Kontinental Hockey League attended a gathering in Moscow, and one of the items high on the agenda was the election of the Board of Directors for the tenth season of the Championship.

As a result, the Board welcomed a new member: President of the Russian Hockey Federation, State Duma Deputy, legendary USSR goaltender, ten-time world champion and triple Olympic champion Vladislav Tretiak joined the League's corporate management team. Meanwhile, at the top of the pyramid, SKA Saint Petersburg chairman Gennady Timchenko was re-elected to the post of Chairman of the KHL Board of Directors.

The full list of personnel elected to the League's Board of Directors for the 2017-18 season is as follows:

1. Gennady Timchenko – KHL Board of Directors Chairman, HC SKA Saint Petersburg Board of Directors Chairman
2. Dmitry Chernyshenko – Chairman of the Executive Board, KHL President
3. Valery Kamensky – KHL Development Vice-President, KHL Sporting and Disciplinary Committee Chairman, world and Olympic champion, Stanley Cup winner
4. Alexei Anisimov – KHL Chief Referee
5. Gennady Velichkin – KHL Executive Board Member, Hockey Operations Vice-President and HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk Chairman of the Board
6. Igor Yesmantovich – HC CSKA President
7. Boris Korol – OAO Transneft Vice-President
8. Nail Maganov – OAO Tatneft General Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OJSC TANECO
9. Alexander Medvedev – Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazprom
10. Alexei Morozov – Director of the Department for Sporting Excellence at the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation
11. Viktor Rashnikov – OAO MMK Board of Directors Chairman, HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk President
12. Arkady Rotenberg – Chairman of the Executive Board of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation
13. Roman Rotenberg – Deputy Chairman of the Office of the KHL President, First Vice-President of the Russian Hockey Federation, Member of Board of Directors of HC SKA
14. Juris Savickis – Itera Latvija Company President, HC Dinamo Riga Chairman of the Board
15. Kirill Fastovsky – KHL Executive Board Member, HC Sibir General Manager 
16. Vyacheslav Fetisov – First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs; world and Olympic champion, Stanley Cup winner
17. Igor Shunevich – Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Chairman of HC Dinamo Minsk Supervisory Board
18. Jari Kurri – HC Jokerit General Manager, Member of the Board at Arena Events Oy, Stanley Cup winner
19. Vladislav Tretiak – President of the Russian Hockey Federation, State Duma Deputy, world and Olympic champion


Gennady Velichkin, KHL Board Member, Metallurg Magnitogorsk Chairman and KHL Hockey Operations Vice-President, spoke about the meeting:

“It was a very workmanlike meeting. We studied the financial statements and plans, implemented some changes to the Regulations, and elected the new Board. We made a minor adjustment to the distribution scheme for sharing the profits among the clubs by making attendance at home games a factor. It's good for the fans to know that the more they attend their team's games, then the more money the club earns.

It was also important to bring in the new award, For Loyalty to Hockey, in honor of the late Sergei Gimaev. We must never forget him and people like him, and we must make sure the youngsters know of him. Hockey in former Soviet Union nations is more than just a sport, and people like Sergei can inspire us.”

Kirill Fastovsky, KHL Board Member and General Manager at HC Sibir, added:

“We agreed today that when we are sharing the TV rights income among the member clubs, we should have fans' attendance as one of the criteria. This pleases us at Sibir very much, and we are proud that we have such great supporters who come to our games and pack the stadium. This is a welcome innovation.

I share the view that it was fitting to choose such a name for the Sergei Gimaev award, For Loyalty to Hockey, although this was really confirmation of a proposal made during last season. For me, the decision is a positive one in every way, and all were in favor.

We also discussed having stricter controls to ensure players are paid on time, and possible financial penalties for clubs who are late paying salaries. What can I say? We need discipline, of course, and this would be an important step, although a few clubs might not like it. However, if we don't punish clubs for being late with wages, then we cannot make any progress. W have to move forward and impose strict discipline on the clubs. The time has come.”

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