Local tourism chief hails proposed KHL hockey in Poprad

Staging Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) matches in Poprad (Prešov Region) during the upcoming season, as has been proposed, would boost tourism not only in the town itself but also in the entire High Tatras mountain region, High Tatras Tourism Association (ZCR) director Peter Chudý told the TASR newswire on Tuesday, July 20.

Staging Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) matches in Poprad (Prešov Region) during the upcoming season, as has been proposed, would boost tourism not only in the town itself but also in the entire High Tatras mountain region, High Tatras Tourism Association (ZCR) director Peter Chudý told the TASR newswire on Tuesday, July 20.

Until now the KHL has been made up of teams from former republics of the Soviet Union, but the league last week confirmed that it had accepted Czech team HC Lev into its ranks, with the club supposed to play its home matches in Poprad. The Slovak town will therefore become the first venue outside the former Soviet Union to host league matches. “If matches of the world’s second most distinguished ice-hockey league are played there, this will strongly promote the entire region and the public’s attention will be directed towards this part of Slovakia,” Chudý said. “Of course, Poprad-Tatry International Airport would have to organise more charter flights, and more private flights would head to Poprad,” he said.

The Slovak Ice-Hockey Association (SZLH) has expressed discontent at the move, however, saying it may affect what it called “the interests of Slovak Extraliga clubs”. The SZLH further stressed that the consent of the International Ice-Hockey Federation (IIHF) is still necessary.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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