NHL Lockout :: Rise of the KHL
As time goes on, the NHL loses more games of the 2012-13 season and another league is growing with popularity… the KHL. The next biggest hockey league after the NHL is in Russia and it’s called the Kontinental Hockey League and it’s snapping up all the players and fans of the long lost and losing NHL. Let’s check it out…
Some of the biggest stars in the NHL are Russian, and the NHL lockout might be making them happy as they get to go home and play hockey in the KHL. Here is a list of the biggest NHL superstars currently active with the KHL.
- Alexander Ovechkin
- Evgeni Malkin
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Alexander Radulov
- Nicklas Backstrom
- Pavel Datsyuk
- Evander Kane
- Zdeno Chara
- Joffrey Lupul
- Pekka Rinne
The KHL is flying high since it began in 2008. As the league piles up with all-star players, the highlight reels are coming in faster than ever. Check out Alex Ovechkin lighting up the league with awesome plays...
So you may be asking the question: will all of the NHL players go to the KHL? Actually there are rules that won’t allow this to happen. There are 26 teams in the KHL and each team is only allowed 3 NHL players and 2 of them have to have been born in Russia. So tough luck Canadians and Americans… they’ll be stuck playing in the minors if they want to play any hockey this year.
KHL on TV
ESPN has begun to televise some of the games from the KHL! This has many NHL fans excited to sign up to ESPN3 so they can watch their favorite players play some hockey.
NHL vs KHL
The KHL is a young League that is growing with popularity all over the World. The NHL better be careful because if the KHL shows that they can compete, it is quite possible that a lot of awesome Russian hockey players might choose to stay in the KHL when the NHL sorts out all it’s drama.
Have Your Say
Have you seen any KHL games? Are you going to watch to get your hockey fix? Let us know!