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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Zagreb Bears Hockey Team Promoted To KHL










I mentioned this story back in September last year, and now it's official. The Zagreb Bears hockey club,who have been playing in the Austrian 5 nation Austrian Hockey League (EBEL) since 2009, have been promoted to the Russian based 8 nation and 28 team KHL.  (The League where most NHL players go during lockouts or during contract disputes, although last year a Pittsburgh Penguin player, Dustin Jeffrey,  came and played for Zagreb Medvescak until the end of the NHL lockout.  More Here) The KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) is considered the 2nd  best hockey league in the world and the best in Europe. (And yes, hockey has a history in Croatia going back quite some time...History_of_ice_hockey_in_Croatia)




Team Croatia advances to Division 1 next year. 
(Full article at www.iihf.com/croatia





Related news: Croatian hockey talent  Miroslav Rosandic was recently chosen to represent Slovakia on the Slovakian National Hockey Team, making him the first foreign player to do so.  Lastly, Zagreb recently hosted the Division II World Hockey Championships at Dom Sportova and the Croatian National Team finished the tournament with an impressive 5-0 record, including a  6-4 win against the Serbs.  The Croatian National Team have now been promoted to Division 1 which is just 1 step away from the world hockey elite)  Currently 12 Croatians make up the full roster of the team.  As for this Zagreb Bears/KHL story, click onto the links at the bottom of this post for more or onto my previous post links directly below for more information about the 'Zagreb Bears'.  (KHL Zagreb Medveščak) Some added video footage below also.



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Medvescak of Zagreb joins the KHL 








Source: www.khl.ru


On Monday, 29th of April, Kontinental Hockey League President Alexander Medvedev held a meeting with the owners of HC Medvescak ofZagreb to discuss the Croatian club’s possible participation in the KHL Championship 2013/2014 season. The Medvescak delegation presented the details of the sporting, infrastructure, and financial aspects of the project to the League bosses, who were satisfied that the application met the strict standards demanded by the KHL.

The news means that over the next few days, in accordance with the regulations, two new clubs will be formally accepted as participants in the KHL Championship 2013/2014 season – Medvescak (“Bears” in English) of Zagreb and a team from Vladivostok (yet to be named), subject to official confirmation by the League’s administration.

”Medvescak is one of the most famous and consistent clubs in Central Europe,” said Alexander Medvedev after the meeting. “It is a team with half a century of history, an impressive number of titles and a strong tradition. I would like to pay tribute to the determination of the club’s owners to increase the popularity of the hockey in the region: this season Medvescak played in the ancient Roman coliseum in Pula overlooking the Adriatic Sea, and its games at the 15,000-seater arena in Zagreb invariably attract a full house. I would like to welcome the Bears to the KHL and wish them many successful and exciting games.”

“I hope we can produce high-quality hockey that will delight not just our own supporters, but also hockey fans in all the other countries in the KHL,” Medvescak owner Damir Gojanović added. “Our team and our playing style will be built around a nucleus of North American players with Croatian roots. We’ll be playing our home games on a Canadian-sized rink, so we’ll be bringing hockey with a transatlantic flavor into the KHL.”

The latest additions to the list of KHL member clubs means the League’s Competitions Department is already working on the daunting task of formulating the 2013-14 season schedule.





Zagreb Medvescak playing a home game at Dom Sportova



Some good action of the 'Bears' killing off a 5 on 3 penalty during the annual  'Ice Fever' at Arena Zagreb



Another full house at Dom Sportova.  Zagreb has had one of the best attendance records in the EBEL League with many of the games sold out.



'Ice Fever'-  a 4 day, 4 team, 4 nation event held annually in Zagreb during the EBEL League season.



From the 50th anniversary of 'Zagreb Medvedscak', a friendly game against Russian champions 'Dinamo Moscow'.  A team that they will play against next season regularly.





Related: www.medvescak.com

wikipedia.org/KHL_Medvescak_Zagreb
 
History_Of_Ice_Hockey_In_Croatia.

en.khl.ru

wikipedia.org/Kontinental_Hockey_League

www.erstebankliga.at/de/vereine/khl_medvescak_zagreb

en.rsort.ru

www.vecernji.hr

www.tportal.hr

www.journaldemontreal.com

www.index.hr

sportske.jutarnji.hr

gol.dnevnik.hr

www.24sata.hr




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