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Dynamo Moscow player skates onto the ice through the "Big D"

Dynamo Moscow player skates onto the ice through the "Big D." (#NickInEurope)

#NickInEurope: Photos from Moscow & Prague

January 1, 1970

Yahoo! Sports writer Nick Cotsonika traveled to Russia and the Czech Republic to catch up with NHLers playing abroad during the lockout and to see what life was like in the KHL. Here's a photo diary of his trip, with pictures from on -- and off -- the ice. (All photos taken by Nick Cotsonika.)