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KHL expansion in Vladivostok sets sights on Asia

by R-Sport at 27/05/2013 15:47

The KHL’s new expansion team in Vladivostok is keen to sign promising players from Japan and South Korea to give the world’s second-biggest hockey league a distinctly Asian feel.

Vladivostok, a port city 6,400 kilometers and eight time zones east of Moscow, will host one of two new teams in the KHL for 2013-14, the other being Croatia’s Medvescak Zagreb.

The as-yet-unnamed Vladivostok team drafted Japan’s Shoma Izumi and South Korea’s Chong Hyun Lee in Sunday’s KHL entry draft.

“We consider the Asian market to have real potential and we will definitely attract players from countries like Japan and South Korea,” the team’s chief scout Maxim Katkov told R-Sport.

“Moreover, it’s possible that some of these players will already appear in the team’s roster for training during the pre-season training camps.”

The Vladivostok team will be coached by Finnish coach Hannu Jortikka, last seen at KHL team Amur Khabarovsk, with former NHL star Alexander Mogilny as club president.

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