Kontinental Hockey League President Alexander Medvedev said on Monday that Barclays Center, which will be the new home for the New Jersey Nets beginning in the 2012-13 season, will host KHL regular-season games and exhibitions, marking the first time the League has made an attempt to bring its product to North American ice.
This is what Medvedev said today about this, via SovSport:
"I had a good meeting with the head of the NHLPA, Gary Bettman and Bill Daly, discussed many important questions. I watched two games: New Jersey Devils vs. Anaheim Ducks and the New York Rangers vs. Chicago. We decided that when the basketball club [the New Jersey Nets, owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov] finishes building its arena in Brooklyn, KHL Legends Game and regular season games will be held there. We are continuing to improve the relationship between the KHL and the NHL. I am hoping that the situation with [Alex] Radulov will not spoil it."
Medvedev added that "the NHL promised that they won't oppose [having KHL games in Brooklyn]."
The New York Islanders, of course, have been discussed as a possible future hockey tenant for the Brooklyn arena, and are scheduled to play an exhibition game against the New Jersey Devils this October (CBA permitting). What draws a bigger crowd: an exhibition game with the Islanders or an exhibition game with Russian hockey legends? And which one will Alexei Yashin play in?
- New Jersey Nets
- New Jersey Devils