Alex Ovechkin and Dynano Moscow faced Janne Pesonen and Ak Bars on Wednesday, which was scheduled to be the big season debut for the KHL on ESPN3.
Except when fans went to go dabble in Russian hockey … there was no game on the WWL's streaming site.
According to Shawn McBride, the KHL's North American media contact:
"I just heard that there was a miscommunication and they used today's game to test the transmission; broadcasts will start this weekend."
This, despite the KHL having announced that the first game streamed would be Oct. 3.
McBride said that, "It's now looking like first ESPN game won't be until this weekend."
This isn't the first season the KHL has streamed on ESPN3, but it is the first time the League has the extra interest from fans yearning to see NHL stars overseas.
Our own Dmitry Chesnokov reports that there are two American cable networks in talks with the KHL to broadcast games, while the Russian league is in talks with a Canadian network as well.