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Pavel Bure to consider running Sochi KHL expansion team

Feb 24, 2014, 9:42 AM EST

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One of the upsides for Sochi getting the Olympic Games was what it would do for them after the events are over. One thing that’s seemingly going to happen is they’ll be getting a KHL expansion team and they may have a superstar to run it.

According to agent Darryl Wolski, Hockey Hall of Famer Pavel Bure is considering being the man to run the new franchise. The new team would begin play in 2014-2015.

Bure has been the face of the potential Sochi franchise since it was announced they would be getting a team. A story from Ria Novosti in September got his thoughts on being an executive of the franchise.

“I have experience and understanding of what needs to be done,” said Bure. “I saw what was done in Los Angeles, California, where it was hard to make the Kings popular, because they had Lakers [NBA team] that were winning everything. But look at them now: the team already took the Stanley Cup and their arena is always full.”

Being a former superstar player has helped out others in landing jobs in the KHL. Sergei Fedorov is the GM of CSKA and Alexander Mogilny is the GM of the team in Vladivostok. Seeing Bure land in Sochi would give that team an immediate boost of credibility.

  1. westinpat - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Would they build a new arena, take over one of the Olympic buildings, or combination of both?

    • jhmiddleton81 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      They would play in Bolshoy, and maybe use the other rink as a practice rink, they wouldn’t spend anymore money, anyway Bolshoy is a beautiful facility

      • chuchie414 - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        I remember reading an article somewhere that said Shayba Arena (spelling?) is modular and can be moved around. The idea was to use it when they host the worlds, world jr’s and that kind of thing.

  2. lallin66fan - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    The KHL just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Both Sochi and Helsinki will get a team for next season.

    • prd797 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      There’s supposed to be a KHL team in Milan on the way soon too. Much of Europe is untapped market for hockey, relatively speaking.

      • thesublimeylimey - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:36 AM

        It’s hard to find rinks in a lot of countries nowadays, even places like Norway have very few. Hockey has taken quite a battering in Europe and Scandinavia.

        Football (soccer) keeps taking all the talent.

  3. Wineshard - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    That Sochi to Vladivostok flight is pretty long. Hell of a road trip.

  4. muckleflugga - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    talk is one of the arenas has already been sold and is being disassembled and moved to the uk

    the khl will be in the bolshoy … the equivalent of a sunshine vacation to california for winter-bound teams

    this in contrast to arenas in sarajevo where at least one was converted into a grave yard

    not unlike rogers arena

  5. barkar942 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Is that his wife with the orange peek-a-boo top? Thumbs Up!!!!!

    • barkar942 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Even the guy with the headset is staring!

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