#NickInEurope: Photos from Moscow & Prague

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.)

Luggage cart at Moscow airport. Maybe things aren't so different in Russia after all. (#NickInEurope)
Luggage cart at Moscow airport.
Luggage cart at Moscow airport. Maybe things aren't so different in Russia after all. (#NickInEurope)
NHL players as Russian dolls. (#NickInEurope)
NHL players as Russian dolls
NHL players as Russian dolls. (#NickInEurope)
Alex Ovechkin signs photo for a fan. (#NickInEurope)
Alex Ovechkin signs photo for a fan
Alex Ovechkin signs photo for a fan. (#NickInEurope)
KHL cheerleader: Boots and pom-poms. (#NickInEurope)
KHL cheerleader: Boots and pom-poms (#NickInEurope)
KHL cheerleader: Boots and pom-poms. (#NickInEurope)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk's Evgeni Malkin at morning practice. (#NickInEurope)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk's Evgeni Malkin at morning practice
Metallurg Magnitogorsk's Evgeni Malkin at morning practice. (#NickInEurope)
Jaromir Jagr talks to Prague media in old Flyers undershirt. (#NickInEurope)
Jaromir Jagr talks to Prague media in old Flyers undershirt (#NickInEurope)
Jaromir Jagr talks to Prague media in old Flyers undershirt. (#NickInEurope)
Pavel Datsyuk in action for CSKA Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Pavel Datsyuk in action for CSKA Moscow
Pavel Datsyuk in action for CSKA Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Zdeno Chara during national anthem before KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
Zdeno Chara during national anthem before KHL game (#NickInEurope)
Zdeno Chara during national anthem before KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
Dynamo Moscow player skates onto the ice through the "Big D." (#NickInEurope)
Dynamo Moscow player skates onto the ice through the "Big D"
Dynamo Moscow player skates onto the ice through the "Big D." (#NickInEurope)
Huge lineup of fans waiting for Alex Ovechkin's autograph. (#NickInEurope)
Huge lineup of fans waiting for Alex Ovechkin's autograph
Huge lineup of fans waiting for Alex Ovechkin's autograph. (#NickInEurope)
Fans waiting to meet Alex Ovechkin. (#NickInEurope)
Fans waiting to meet Alex Ovechkin
Fans waiting to meet Alex Ovechkin. (#NickInEurope)
Alex Ovechkin signs a young fan's jersey. (#NickInEurope)
Alex Ovechkin signs a young fan's jersey
Alex Ovechkin signs a young fan's jersey. (#NickInEurope)
Game night in Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Game night in Moscow
Game night in Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Russian national anthem before KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
Russian national anthem before KHL game
Russian national anthem before KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
Dynamo Moscow emblem. (#NickInEurope)
Dynamo Moscow emblem
Dynamo Moscow emblem. (#NickInEurope)
Alex Ovechkin, bigger than life in Russia. (#NickInEurope)
Alex Ovechkin, bigger than life in Russia
Alex Ovechkin, bigger than life in Russia. (#NickInEurope)
Old photo of Vladislav Tretiak on the wall of Moscow arena. (#NickInEurope)
Old photo of Vladislav Tretiak on the wall of Moscow arena
Old photo of Vladislav Tretiak on the wall of Moscow arena. (#NickInEurope)
Crowd celebrates goal by Dynamo Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Crowd celebrates goal by Dynamo Moscow
Crowd celebrates goal by Dynamo Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Nicklas Backstrom, the other No. 99. (#NickInEurope)
Nicklas Backstrom, the other No. 99
Nicklas Backstrom, the other No. 99. (#NickInEurope)
Dynamo Moscow salutes crowd after a win. (#NickInEurope)
Dynamo Moscow salutes crowd after a win (#NickInEurope)
Dynamo Moscow salutes crowd after a win. (#NickInEurope)
BMW with 1972 Summit Series tribute. (#NickInEurope)
BMW with 1972 Summit Series tribute
BMW with 1972 Summit Series tribute. (#NickInEurope)
Russian hats for sale on the streets of Moscow. (#NickInEurope).
Russian hats for sale on the streets of Moscow
Russian hats for sale on the streets of Moscow. (#NickInEurope).
The CSKA Ice Palace. (#NickInEurope)
The CSKA Ice Palace
The CSKA Ice Palace. (#NickInEurope)
Pavel Datsyuk in action for CSKA Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Pavel Datsyuk in action for CSKA Moscow
Pavel Datsyuk in action for CSKA Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Sergei Fedorov, GM of CSKA Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Sergei Fedorov, GM of CSKA Moscow
Sergei Fedorov, GM of CSKA Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Retired NHL superstar Sergei Fedorov is the head manager of CSKA Moscow, the fabled Central Red Army team. (#NickInEurope)
Retired NHL superstar Sergei Fedorov is the head manager of CSKA Moscow, the fabled Central Red Army team
Retired NHL superstar Sergei Fedorov is the head manager of CSKA Moscow, the fabled Central Red Army team. (#NickInEurope)
Everyone has a golden helmet by a framed photo of Detroit's Ilitch family in their office like Sergei Fedorov does, don't they? (#NickInEurope)
Everyone has a golden helmet by a framed photo of Detroit's Ilitch family in their office like Sergei Fedorov does, don't they?
Everyone has a golden helmet by a framed photo of Detroit's Ilitch family in their office like Sergei Fedorov does, don't they? (#NickInEurope)
CSKA logo. (#NickInEurope)
CSKA logo
CSKA logo. (#NickInEurope)
Pavel Datsyuk in the spotlight during postgame scrum. (#NickInEurope)
Pavel Datsyuk in the spotlight during postgame scrum
Pavel Datsyuk in the spotlight during postgame scrum. (#NickInEurope)
Pavel Datsyuk coffee cup. (#NickInEurope)
Pavel Datsyuk coffee cup
Pavel Datsyuk coffee cup. (#NickInEurope)
Pavel Datsyuk on the ice for CSKA Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Pavel Datsyuk on the ice for CSKA Moscow
Pavel Datsyuk on the ice for CSKA Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Hallway to KHL dressing room. (#NickInEurope)
Hallway to KHL dressing room
Hallway to KHL dressing room. (#NickInEurope)
Alexander Radulov coffee cup. They're not a big seller in Nashville... (#NickInEurope)
Alexander Radulov coffee cup. They're not a big seller in Nashville...
Alexander Radulov coffee cup. They're not a big seller in Nashville... (#NickInEurope)
Evgeni Malkin hitting the ice for practice. (#NickInEurope)
Evgeni Malkin hitting the ice for practice
Evgeni Malkin hitting the ice for practice. (#NickInEurope)
Rookie KHL coach Paul Maurice running a Metallurg Magnitogorsk practice. (#NickInEurope)
Rookie KHL coach Paul Maurice running a Metallurg Magnitogorsk practice
Rookie KHL coach Paul Maurice running a Metallurg Magnitogorsk practice. (#NickInEurope)
Two young fans waiting to meet Evgeni Malkin. (#NickInEurope)
Two young fans waiting to meet Evgeni Malkin
Two young fans waiting to meet Evgeni Malkin. (#NickInEurope)
Evgeni Malkin gets photo taken with two young fans. (#NickInEurope)
Evgeni Malkin gets photo taken with two young fans
Evgeni Malkin gets photo taken with two young fans. (#NickInEurope)
Paul Maurice runs a Metallurg Magnitogorsk practice as Evgeni Malkin looks on. (#NickInEurope)
Paul Maurice runs a Metallurg Magnitogorsk practice as Evgeni Malkin looks on
Paul Maurice runs a Metallurg Magnitogorsk practice as Evgeni Malkin looks on. (#NickInEurope)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk's Evgeni Malkin in action. (#NickInEurope)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk's Evgeni Malkin in action
Metallurg Magnitogorsk's Evgeni Malkin in action. (#NickInEurope)
Paul Maurice behind the bench for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. (#NickInEurope)
Paul Maurice behind the bench for Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Paul Maurice behind the bench for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. (#NickInEurope)

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