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KHL cancels Brooklyn games

Oct 26, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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Big news out of Russia on Friday as the KHL announced the cancellation of a pair of games to be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in January.

Dynamo Moscow was set to take on SKA St. Petersburg on Jan. 19 and 20 in a pair of contests featuring two of Russia’s most famous clubs.

Dynamo has signed Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to lockout deals with SKA has loaded up its roster with the likes of New Jersey captain Ilya Kovalchuk, St. Louis prospect Vladimir Tarasenko and Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

“Meeting the wishes of thousands of Russian hockey fans, considering the interests of the teams Dynamo Moscow and SKA and due to the lack of certainty with the NHL lockout length, the KHL decided to change the dates of games between the teams scheduled for January 19 and 20,” the league said in a statement.

According to the KHL’s revised schedule, the two games will now be played in Russia.

The Barclays Center was originally chosen as the site for the KHL games thanks in large part to a big Russian population within the borough — and it remains unclear exactly why the games were canceled.

Some suggest it’s to keep a marquee matchup in Russia (as Mike Brehm of USA Today notes, “Dynamo, the defending league champion, and SKA rank first and second in the KHL in points and would draw big crowds if the games were held in Russia.”)

There’s also this theory, floated by Elite Prospects’ Matias Strozyk:

  1. rodeoclowndc - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Someone important in the KHL must have a beef with Mr. Prokhorov…

  2. sabatimus - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    That’s an excellent F You to the NHL. Kudos.

  3. hosewater2 - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    “Thousands” of fans bahahaha. Maybe that’s the difference between KHL hockey and formerly-NHL hockey.

  4. stosh68 - Oct 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Did I miss the announcement when the Devil’s officially named Ilya Kovalchuk as the captain?

    • elemeno89 - Oct 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      he wears an A, and because of his contract it would be safe to assume he would step into that role…

      but on a side note, thats what you take form this article?

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