image003In a radio interview in Russia last year, Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin said:
"You can say whatever you want, and everyone can talk very good. But if you look at what is happening in reality with our youth hockey, then the situation is a lot to be desired.
"When I was young, there were no people who came up and said: 'Here's the money for you, play my son, let him play and enjoy. And then we'll see.' This is the worst. It's in the clubs, in national teams -- it's the same everywhere. And when I started playing for the national team, it was happening. Two, three people were there who 'had a pull.' But now there are more of them. Unfortunately, in Russia money decides everything."
In the context of that corruption, a remarkable case has ended in Russia: One that led to criminal prosecution and a conviction for a manager of KHL's Severstal Cherepovets.
A 19-year-old player who was drafted by Severstal in the KHL Entry Draft two years ago claimed that he had to give up 50Read More »from Inside the KHL’s ‘money for a roster spot’ scandal