Winter sun — the KHL week in review
The weather in Russia is taking a wintry turn, so it was the perfect time for the KHL to head to Dubai for the latest instalment of the World Games. Closer to home, veteran coach Vladimir Krikunov is back in the game: the 71-year-old took over behind the bench at Dinamo Riga.
Dubai to host KHL World Games between Avangard and Ak Bars on December 3
On October 17, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the United Arab Emirates between the Kontinental Hockey League, Avangard hockey club, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and Dubai Sports Council. The parties agreed to develop ice hockey in the UAE, with the Dubai Ice Show the first step towards achieving the goal.
Hitting the heights – the KHL World Games in Davos
Monday’s match-up in Switzerland, 1,600m above sea level, was a high spot in every sense of the word. On the ice, a pulsating Green Derby battle between Salavat Yulaev and Ak Bars delivered all the high-octane thrills associated with the best of the KHL. Off it, both the clubs and the league made new friends and were able to showcase the high levels of organization and professionalism to be found in KHL arenas from Belarus to Beijing.
A thriller in Davos – Ufa edges Kazan
Salavat Yulaev and Ak Bars played out a fantastic game as part of this season’s KHL World Games, leaving thousands of Swiss fans happy with their taste of KHL action. The attendance of 4,268 was comparable with the crowds that watch local heroes HC Davos in the Swiss Championship, and the crowd would surely have been bigger were it not for heavy snows that disrupted travel around the arena. Once again, the event was a good showcase for the KHL, highlighting the skills of its players and the competitiveness of its games.
‘Let’s have more of these games in Europe!’
Monday sees the Green Derby take place in Davos, Switzerland as part of the KHL World Games. A few hours before the puck drops at 1930 local time (2130 Moscow time), the players and coaches of Salavat Yulaev and Ak Bars went for their pre-game skates and talked about their impressions and expectations ahead of the game.
A day in Davos – music, dance, figure-skating and more
The KHL World Games is more than just a game of hockey. It’s a chance to build bridges between hockey fans in Russia and Europe, to introduce not only the top players and teams of the league but also the cities and regions they represent. And, of course, it’s a chance for our host venues to share in the festivities.
Three more sleeps to Davos
The clock is ticking! Just three more sleeps until the big day! No, not _that_ big Christmas Day, the big hockey day that’s heading for Davos, Switzerland. In a month full of special events, the latest edition of the KHL World Games is a stand-out. And this year’s festive special is a showdown between Salavat Yulaev and Ak Bars, a ‘Green Derby’ on Switzerland’s snowy slopes.
KHL World Games. European show. What happened a year ago
On Dec. 23, the Green Derby plays in Davos, Switzerland, for an event that goes under the KHL World Games brand. One year ago, the KHL landed on a new spot on its map. The KHL World Games had its first game in the Austrian capital when on the ice of the Erste Bank Arena Slovan Bratislava clashed with CSKA and SKA. Today, KHL.ru celebrates the start of the European project.
KHL World Games – winning hearts and minds
Phase two of the KHL World Games was another success. Coming to Zurich, a city with a notoriously hard-to-please hockey audience, the players of Dinamo Riga, SKA and CSKA put on a display of high-quality sport. Moreover, the event drew plaudits for the highly professional staging of the games and the technological advancement of the KHL’s presentation of the sport.
KHL World Games: Game 2 – CSKA defeats Riga
Back in Zurich, the KHL World Games continued with the match-up between table-topping CSKA Moscow and play-off chasing Dinamo Riga. The Army Men wanted to extend their long winning streak, Dinamo was out to show that it could go one better than Monday’s brave loss against SKA. But before that, there was the small matter of meeting the coolest dad in Switzerland this week and catching up with some Danish dreams.
KHL World Games – SKA edges past Riga in Zurich
The second phase of the KHL World Games got underway in Zurich, Switzerland. This time, we saw a hard-fought, competitive hockey game in an arena that reminded one player of a theatre. We heard about four clubs in talks to join the KHL and, in the end, we saw a Pavel Datsyuk goal clinch victory for SKA to keep up the pressure on CSKA at the top of the Western Conference.
Martin Gerber – the KHL’s first Swiss player
The KHL World Games continue on Monday with our first ever regular season game in Zurich, Switzerland. Dinamo Riga will take on SKA St. Petersburg that evening and the Latvians will be back two days later to face CSKA Moscow. Ahead of the big games, KHL.ru caught up with Martin Gerber, the first Swiss player to feature in the league.
Bykov, Khomutov, Petrov, and other Russian stars in Switzerland
Next Monday, for the first time the KHL will play regular-season games in Zurich, Switzerland. On October 26, Dinamo Riga and SKA will clash at the Hallenstadion. Two days later, the Latvians will take on CSKA at the same venue. KHL.ru tells you about the Russian players who engraved their names into Swiss hockey’s history.
KHL World Games – SKA puts on a masterclass in Vienna
The second KHL World Games meeting in Vienna saw SKA rattle up seven goals against Slovan – while senior figures from the hockey world talked up the success of the weekend and looked forward to more high-profile international events in the near future.
“We have a chance to beat CSKA and SKA”. Gelinas about the KHL WG in Vienna
Canadian defenseman Eric Gelinas arrived at Slovan Bratislava in the summer. Within a few months he’s established himself as a leader on his new team, playing a big role as the Eagles recovered from a bad start to climb towards the playoff zone. Now, he’s looking forward to this weekend’s trip to Vienna for the first ever KHL World Games.
From Davos to Bobruisk. What other cities hosted KHL games?
Just one week to go before one of the main projects in this season: the KHL World Games. The first game will be played in Vienna, where Slovan will face CSKA Moscow. However, in the 10-year League’s history, different teams played games in other cities. Where? And why? KHL.ru tells you about it.