Czech club not to join Russia-based ice hockey league


The Czech ice hockey club Hradec Králové will not join the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League next season, the league said in a statement on its website. The KHL’s leadership said they were sorry that the Czech ice hockey union had expressed opposition to Hradec joining the league; the KHL had previously said it would not go against the wishes of the Czech organisation. The KHL’s president said that politics had again won out over new trends and developments in sports and business. There are 20 Russian clubs in the KHL, alongside one each from Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.