The KHL tried to lift a page out of the NHL's Winter Classic playbook by holding their 2009 All-Star game outside on a narrow and very frigid (3°F) ice rink at Red Square, Moscow. The game while very photogenic fell flat with the small crowd that could not even fill 3000 frosty bleacher seats.
This lack luster All-Star game caps off a number of KHL low lights so far this season. Like the recent
firing benching between periods of Wayne Fleming the head coach of the Jaromir Jagr led Avangard Omsk team. Along with the whole sad Alexei Cherepanov affair.
However, the pictures from the All-Star game looked great. Just be happy you weren't there in person.
From the Rink:
Team Jagr wins KHL all-star game --
Fueled by Marcel Hossa’s (Dynamo Riga) goal with just under a minute to play, Team Jagr upended Team Yashin 7-6, to win the inaugural Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) All-Star Game today on Red Square in Moscow...NY Times:
K.H.L. All-Star Game Proves That Atmosphere Matters --
A word of advice, then, to the K.H.L.: outdoor games are great, but you need at least 25,000 people on hand to provide the atmosphere a proper sporting event needs. So enough with games at what amount to public skating rinks — play your all-star game next year at a bandy stadium...PuckDaddy:
Video: KHL's all-star triumph; what it means for Winter Classics --
...there's no arguing that seeing St Basil's Cathedral in the background of a hockey game is pretty killer. Kudos to that fishbowl-lens camera in back of the goal, which managed to capture both the action and the scope of the scenery; and the fans were closer to the action than they were in either Ralph Wilson or Wrigley, too...Rangers Report:
How good can this league be? --
Marcel Hossa had a hat trick in the KHL All-Star Game yesterday.Steve Zipay / Blue Notes:
I’m going let that thought sink in for a few moments...
The KHL, where every lousy ex-Ranger is an All-Star!
International Herald Tribune:
Foreigners edge Russians in KHL All-Star game
KHL All-Star Photos
Photo Gallery: KHL All-Star Game