Like some of you, I watched my first KHL game today.
Praha Lev was playing Dynamo Moscow. ESPN2 was airing the game for some reason — because it can, I suppose. Alex Ovechkin, Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa and a few other former/fringe NHLers whose names I recognized were playing. Two were named Juraj Mikus, so I only give myself half credit there, but so far the KHL has done a pretty good job of keeping Europe’s best league free of expat NHLers. Barry Melrose was the color commentator. You’d be wrong if you said this was unwatchable.
In fact, for a couple hours this afternoon, I didn’t miss hockey. If ESPN2’s sole purpose for televising this game was so that I would end up writing that sentence and scaring the crap out of Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, Jeremy Jacobs, et. al., it succeeded.
To that end, here are five things I discovered I liked about the KHL.
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