Official statement by the League.

The Kontinental Hockey League decided to move the 2022 Fonbet KHL All-Star Week, initially planned between Jan 8-16, 2022, to 2023.

This decision was made since the star week teams’ include a large number of potential participants in the 2022 Olympic Games, as well as the worsening epidemiological situation in the world, which led to the cancellation of matches of major international tournaments and other leagues. The complex overall logistics of the event, which involves the arrival of players from different cities and countries, could put it in jeopardy. In such a case, almost every team that has qualified to perform in Beijing will suffer.

The KHL discussed this issue with the governor of the Chelyabinsk Region, and it was decided to postpone the 2022 Fonbet KHL All-Star Week to 2023. The hockey festival will take place in Chelyabinsk next season.

Alexei Morozov, KHL president:

— It is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of the Fonbet KHL All-Star Week to the next year. It was a hard decision for the League; not only the KHL, but also the JHL and the WHL had been preparing for the main show of the season for months, just as the region, the city, and the partners. Several thousand people were involved in the preparations and organization, and a great celebration was being prepared, which is what the All-Star Week is all about: an atmosphere of joy and a meeting of players and fans. Unfortunately, the unstable situation with the pandemic in the world continues to affect hockey life in all countries, tournaments are getting canceled, and matches are getting postponed. To guarantee the health of the players and fans under the current conditions, we would have to cancel most of the planned entertainment activities and introduce a bubble for the players after arrival, which is contrary to the spirit of the event.

I also want to thank Alexei Teksler, Governor of Chelyabinsk Region, and his team, who made a fantastic preparation work for the event. The region has a stable epidemiological situation, but the health of the players and fans, as well as the full performance of the national teams at the 2022 Olympic Games, is a priority for the League and the Region, which is why we came to such a difficult decision together.

I hope that the fans will understand the rationale between our decision. See you next year in Chelyabinsk!

Alessandro Seren Rosso Alessandro Seren Rosso
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