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March 13, 2012

Brooklyn Nets arena will host KHL regular-season games, according to Medvedev

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by Dmitry Chesnokov

Well, well. Brett Yormark has gone and made liars out of us. Regular-season professional hockey is coming to the Barclays Center — Russian professional hockey, that is.

You can't make this stuff up.

We've heard of Moscow on the Hudson; how about on the East River?

Kontinental Hockey League President Alexander Medvedev said on Monday that Barclays Center, which will be the new home for the New Jersey Nets beginning in the 2012-13 season, will host KHL regular-season games and exhibitions, marking the first time the League has made an attempt to bring its product to North American ice.

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SBNation.com, KHL To Play Regular Season Games At Brooklyn's Barclays Center

Gary Bettman and the NHL are apparently on board with the KHL attempting to promote its product in North America, and Brooklyn makes sense for the KHL in more ways than one.

Nets owner Prokhorov is Russian and has deep ties in the business community there, and he's also a major investor in the new Brooklyn arena. There's also a large Russian and Ukrainian population in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay, so the audience is certainly there for the KHL.

ESPN New York, Barclays Center may host KHL games

Barclays Center officials are currently in discussions with Russia's Kontinental Hockey League about hosting some regular season games at the Nets’ future home in Brooklyn next season, according to Brett Yormark, CEO of the $1 billion arena.

“Hockey will have a place at Barclays Center,” Yormark said Monday in an e-mailed statement.

NoLandGrab: Hockey will have a place — it'll just be a little off to one side.

Posted by eric at March 13, 2012 1:34 PM