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Game featuring Chara, Ovechkin breaks KHL attendance record

Oct 12, 2012, 11:02 PM EDT

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With the lockout dragging on, several big name NHL players have signed deals with KHL clubs. That might have played a significant role in Tuesday’s game between Lev Praha and Dynamo Moscow breaking the KHL attendance record, according to the league’s website.

16,304 fans attended the game, which is more than any previous KHL, VHL (lower league), or MHL (development league) contest.

Praha features locked-out NHLers Jakub Voracek and Zdeno Chara. On top of that, Moscow Dynamo is being led by Alex Ovechkin.

If you’re wondering, the previous attendance record was 16,100 set by Sokol and Lokomotiv in February.

Ovechkin recently claimed that — as long as the NHL’s locked out — the KHL was the best hockey league currently playing.

He’s been dominating the KHL after a rough 2011-12 campaign. He had 38 goals and 65 points in 78 games, which would be enviable numbers for most players, but fell short of the high standards that are put on him because of his contract and abilities.

  1. ludacrish05 - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    NHL doesn’t deserve these athletes. They don’t even respect the fans to finish this lockout

  2. homerx - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    Great job NHL; keep pissing off you’re fans. I already refuse to spend another dime on a hockey ticket for many years to come. Already the 4th popular sport in the US; are you gunning for 5th, 6th, 10th?

    And people wonder why hockey gets no coverage in the media compared to the other major sports. I really thought this would have been over by now. Coming off a record money making season the NHL now pokes all its fans right in the eye and will soon be kicking us all square in the nuts.

  3. ishippineapples - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    The amount of money I spent on the NHL last year is the same I would be charged for a few trips overseas to catch a few KHL games this year.
    I might just do that because I sure as hell wont be sending my money towards the NHL – even if the season does start up again.

  4. manchestermiracle - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    The KHL should have a “Salute to the NHL” night (maybe every night) in appreciation for boosting their revenue, along with a between-periods ice show starring Dumb (Fehr) and Dumber (Bettman).

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