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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

NHL Teams To Face Off Against Russian Super League

Vadislav Tretiak

From the English version of the RIA web site:

MOSCOW, June 6 (RIA) - The Soviet-era battle for world hockey supremacy is set to resume again after officials agreed on a series of exhibition matches between top teams from Russia's Super League and the NHL.

The agreement was clinched at talks in New York between Vladislav Tretyak, Russia's hockey commissar, and top officials from the National Hockey League (NHL) including Commissioner Gary Bettman, the Russian Hockey Federation (RHF) said Tuesday.

"The sides have agreed to exchange exhibition matches next season," press secretary Vladimir Gerasimov said. "The schedule and teams have yet to be determined."

Tretyak, who was last month elected the head of the RHF, also discussed the possibility of Russia's joining an agreement between the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the NHL that regulates transfers between European clubs and the American league, RHF press secretary Gerasimov said.

The three-time Olympic gold medallist - a legendary goalie who played in the Summit Series and the first Russian to be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto - is believed to want to step up cooperation with the NHL.

NHL executive vice president Bill Daly will visit Moscow in September at Tretyak's invitation, Gerasimov said.


Blogger Brushback said...

This Hockey News article from 1/26/07 confirms that the NHL and IIHF are talking-- though for the NHL, it's all about the money (Link to story thru TSN):

International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel is angling to put on a different battle of the stars: The Stanley Cup champion vs. the best team in Europe.

"We must have a club championship - the winner of the Stanley Cup against the winner of the European Hockey League," Fasel told The Hockey News in an interview with Paul Romanuk. "It is a must for the NHL and it is a must for us. It is a must for the hockey fans and for the game of hockey. Hockey needs it on both sides."

According to Fasel, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman hasn't rejected the IIHF's overture.

"They are not against it," Fasel said. "It was not a 'no' from Gary."

Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, confirmed discussions have taken place between the league and IIHF...

"While we are open to exploring a host of ways to co-operate and grow the game internationally, there are naturally many logistical issues that would need to be worked through to move forward with such an exhibition," Daly said Friday.

Daly also said expanding the league's international footprint is "a key element of our business and strategic plans moving forward, and we are currently working on a number of initiatives in that regard.

"Obviously, we're looking to maximize the distribution of our television games internationally, and we're working with our international broadcast partner NASN (North American Sports Network) on that as well as the potential streaming of a package of games internationally over the internet," Daly wrote. "I can't be more specific at this point in time, but I would also expect us to be in a position to discuss publicly at least one other major international initiative in the next several weeks."

2/4/07, 8:15 PM


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