#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)
Crowd at KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
Crowd at KHL game (#NickInEurope)
Crowd at KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
Spartak's spartan. (#NickInEurope)
Spartak's spartan (#NickInEurope)
Spartak's spartan. (#NickInEurope)
Soviet sports bar. (#NickInEurope)
Soviet sports bar
Soviet sports bar. (#NickInEurope)
Late-night Russian takeout spot. (#NickInEurope)
Late-night Russian takeout spot
Late-night Russian takeout spot. (#NickInEurope)
Old-school Russian garb. (#NickInEurope)
Old-school Russian garb
Old-school Russian garb. (#NickInEurope)
Arena blimp. (#NickInEurope)
Arena blimp
Arena blimp. (#NickInEurope)
MegaSport complex in Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
MegaSport complex in Moscow
MegaSport complex in Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Dynamo plaque in Moscow Metro. (#NickInEurope)
Dynamo plaque in Moscow Metro
Dynamo plaque in Moscow Metro. (#NickInEurope)
CCCP plaque. (#NickInEurope)
CCCP plaque
CCCP plaque. (#NickInEurope)
Shaone Morrisonn is hoping a year in Russia leads him back to the NHL. (#NickInEurope)
Shaone Morrisonn is hoping a year in Russia leads him back to the NHL
Shaone Morrisonn is hoping a year in Russia leads him back to the NHL. (#NickInEurope)
The Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
The Kremlin
The Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
The Kremlin at night. (#NickInEurope)
The Kremlin at night
The Kremlin at night. (#NickInEurope)
Sunrise in Moscow, with Kremlin in the distance. (#NickInEurope)
Sunrise in Moscow, with Kremlin in the distance
Sunrise in Moscow, with Kremlin in the distance. (#NickInEurope)
Red Square closed for business. (#NickInEurope)
Red Square closed for business
Red Square closed for business. (#NickInEurope)
Red Square celebration. (#NickInEurope)
Red Square celebration
Red Square celebration. (#NickInEurope)
Looking at the Kremlin through iron bars. (#NickInEurope)
Looking at the Kremlin through iron bars
Looking at the Kremlin through iron bars. (#NickInEurope)
Standing guard at the Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
Standing guard at the Kremlin
Standing guard at the Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
Changing of the guard at the Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
Changing of the guard at the Kremlin
Changing of the guard at the Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
Cannon and church inside the Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
Cannon and church inside the Kremlin
Cannon and church inside the Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
Red star, hammer and sickle on display inside the Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
Red star, hammer and sickle on display inside the Kremlin
Red star, hammer and sickle on display inside the Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
Church inside the Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
Church inside the Kremlin
Church inside the Kremlin. (#NickInEurope)
Big doll with big gun. (#NickInEurope)
Big doll with big gun
Big doll with big gun. (#NickInEurope)
Getting ready for 2014 Sochi Olympics. (#NickInEurope)
Getting ready for 2014 Sochi Olympics
Getting ready for 2014 Sochi Olympics. (#NickInEurope)
Prague is beautiful. (#NickInEurope)
Prague is beautiful
Prague is beautiful. (#NickInEurope)
Old Town in Prague at nightfall. (#NickInEurope)
Old Town in Prague at nightfall (#NickInEurope)
Old Town in Prague at nightfall. (#NickInEurope)
Wayne Simmonds during a morning practice with Liberec of the Czech League. (#NickInEurope)
Wayne Simmonds during a morning practice with Liberec of the Czech League
Wayne Simmonds during a morning practice with Liberec of the Czech League. (#NickInEurope)
A story in Czech republic newspaper on Wayne Simmonds being subjected to racist chants by fans during a game. (#NickInEurope)
A story in Czech republic newspaper on Wayne Simmonds being subjected to racist chants by fans during a game
A story in Czech republic newspaper on Wayne Simmonds being subjected to racist chants by fans during a game. (#NickInEurope)
Czech League's Liberec White Tigers logo. (#NickInEurope)
Czech League's Liberec White Tigers logo (#NickInEurope)
Czech League's Liberec White Tigers logo. (#NickInEurope)
Jerseys for Czech League's Liberec White Tigers. (#NickInEurope)
Jerseys for Czech League's Liberec White Tigers (#NickInEurope)
Jerseys for Czech League's Liberec White Tigers. (#NickInEurope)
Petr Nedved pillow. (#NickInEurope)
Petr Nedved pillow (#NickInEurope)
Petr Nedved pillow. (#NickInEurope)
Ghostly image of Jaromir Jagr in Dallas Stars uniform at Prague fan shop. (#NickInEurope)
Ghostly image of Jaromir Jagr in Dallas Stars uniform at Prague fan shop (#NickInEurope)
Ghostly image of Jaromir Jagr in Dallas Stars uniform at Prague fan shop. (#NickInEurope)
HC Kladno Knights logo. (#NickInEurope)
HC Kladno Knights logo (#NickInEurope)
HC Kladno Knights logo. (#NickInEurope)
Young Kladno fan in Jagr jersey. (#NickInEurope)
Young Kladno fan in Jagr jersey (#NickInEurope)
Young Kladno fan in Jagr jersey. (#NickInEurope)
Jaromir Jagr points the way to NHL lockout solution. (#NickInEurope)
Jaromir Jagr points the way to NHL lockout solution (#NickInEurope)
Jaromir Jagr points the way to NHL lockout solution. (#NickInEurope)
Fan takes slapshot outside Tipsport Arena in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Fan takes slapshot outside Tipsport Arena in Prague (#NickInEurope)
Fan takes slapshot outside Tipsport Arena in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Panoramic view of Jaromir Jagr's Kladno arena. (#NickInEurope)
Panoramic view of Jaromir Jagr's Kladno arena (#NickInEurope)
Panoramic view of Jaromir Jagr's Kladno arena. (#NickInEurope)
HC Kladno Knights program with Jaromir Jagr on the cover. (#NickInEurope)
HC Kladno Knights program with Jaromir Jagr on the cover (#NickInEurope)
HC Kladno Knights program with Jaromir Jagr on the cover. (#NickInEurope)
Jaromir Jagr hits the ice with HC Kladno. (#NickInEurope)
Jaromir Jagr hits the ice with HC Kladno (#NickInEurope)
Jaromir Jagr hits the ice with HC Kladno. (#NickInEurope)
Pregame warmups at Kladno arena. (#NickInEurope)
Pregame warmups at Kladno arena (#NickInEurope)
Pregame warmups at Kladno arena. (#NickInEurope)
A happy Jaromir Jagr after a Czech League victory. (#NickInEurope)
A happy Jaromir Jagr after a Czech League victory (#NickInEurope)
A happy Jaromir Jagr after a Czech League victory. (#NickInEurope)
Noon in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Noon in Prague
Noon in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Stunning view of Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Stunning view of Prague (#NickInEurope)
Stunning view of Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Another stunning view of Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Another stunning view of Prague (#NickInEurope)
Another stunning view of Prague. (#NickInEurope)
NHL Russian dolls, this time in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
NHL Russian dolls, this time in Prague
NHL Russian dolls, this time in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Bright lights streaming from KHL arena in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Bright lights streaming from KHL arena in Prague (#NickInEurope)
Bright lights streaming from KHL arena in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Poster for Czech League's Liberec White Tigers. (#NickInEurope)
Poster for Czech League's Liberec White Tigers (#NickInEurope)
Poster for Czech League's Liberec White Tigers. (#NickInEurope)
Prague Lions player walking down tunnel during KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
Prague Lions player walking down tunnel during KHL game (#NickInEurope)
Prague Lions player walking down tunnel during KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
KHL game in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
KHL game in Prague (#NickInEurope)
KHL game in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
KHL teammates Zdeno Chara and Erik Christensen walk down the tunnel. (#NickInEurope)
KHL teammates Zdeno Chara and Erik Christensen walk down the tunnel (#NickInEurope)
KHL teammates Zdeno Chara and Erik Christensen walk down the tunnel. (#NickInEurope)
Erik Christensen stands at attention during the anthems before a KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
Erik Christensen stands at attention during the anthems before a KHL game (#NickInEurope)
Erik Christensen stands at attention during the anthems before a KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
KHL's Prague Lions logo. (#NickInEurope)
KHL's Prague Lions logo (#NickInEurope)
KHL's Prague Lions logo. (#NickInEurope)
Erik Christensen traded in the NHL's journeyman life for a more stable situation in the KHL. (#NickInEurope)
Erik Christensen traded in the NHL's journeyman life for a more stable situation in the KHL (#NickInEurope)
Erik Christensen traded in the NHL's journeyman life for a more stable situation in the KHL. (#NickInEurope)
Erik Christensen on the ice for Lev Prague during a KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
Erik Christensen on the ice for Lev Prague during a KHL game (#NickInEurope)
Erik Christensen on the ice for Lev Prague during a KHL game. (#NickInEurope)
Beer sign in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Beer sign in Prague
Beer sign in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Mug of beer in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Mug of beer in Prague (#NickInEurope)
Mug of beer in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Prague Coyotes?! So that's where Phoenix went... (#NickInEurope)
Prague Coyotes?! So that's where Phoenix went...
Prague Coyotes?! So that's where Phoenix went... (#NickInEurope)
Guard on duty outside Prague Castle. (#NickInEurope)
Guard on duty outside Prague Castle (#NickInEurope)
Guard on duty outside Prague Castle. (#NickInEurope)
Poster for "Museum Of Communism" in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Poster for "Museum Of Communism" in Prague (#NickInEurope)
Poster for "Museum Of Communism" in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
A peek at a church in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
A peek at a church in Prague
A peek at a church in Prague. (#NickInEurope)
Cooking sausages at concession stand at Czech League game. (#NickInEurope)
Cooking sausages at concession stand at Czech League game (#NickInEurope)
Cooking sausages at concession stand at Czech League game. (#NickInEurope)
NHL writer Nick Cotsonika hard at work in Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
NHL writer Nick Cotsonika hard at work in Moscow
NHL writer Nick Cotsonika hard at work in Moscow. (#NickInEurope)
Nick made the papers! (#NickInEurope)
Nick made the papers!
Nick made the papers! (#NickInEurope)

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