Poprad's ice hockey club, Lev, can definitely count on being part of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) in the 2011-12 season, KHL head Alexander Medvedev announced at a news conference in Bratislava on May 9 in the presence of René Fasel, the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, the TASR newswire reported.
"We have waited for a long time to see a club from western Europe enter KHL. We have tackled many problems but now I'm glad that that the problems have been removed," stated Medvedev, as quoted by TASR, adding that Poprad's Lev has met all the conditions to join the league, including infrastructure requirements and financial obligations.
“I believe that its participation in the Gagarin Cup tournament will bring new features to the competition," Medvedev said, also adding a comment that another Slovak club could possibly enter the KHL, with Slovan Bratislava often being mentioned in this context. The KHL chief said he could imagine KHL matches taking place in Bratislava's Ondrej Nepela Winter Stadium where matches of the 2011 Ice Hockey World Championships are being played at the moment.
"Yes, we've already had some preliminary talks with Slovan and I don't rule out that within a year or two the club could enter the KHL," said Medvedev.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. May 2011 at 14:00