Another NHL Rival?

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hockey graphicFormer Russian NHL star Igor Larionov and former NHL Players’ Association head Bob Goodenow are reported to be members of a “working group” put together by Russian tycoon Alex Medvedev in order to start “a new pro league in Europe…as soon as September 2008″ because “hockey federations in Russia and elsewhere in Europe have grown disenchanted with the NHL over its recruitment of their best players.”

The WHA came and went in the 1970s and changed hockey forever. Could this turn out to be the best thing that’s happened to the NHL since then?

Links:
2003/07/10 – Buzzle: The NHL forgets recent history
2007/12/15 – Toronto Star: Rival hockey league to raid the NHL
2007/12/15 – National Post: Russian tycoon to start rival pro hockey league
2007/12/15 – TSN: Players view rival league with skepticism

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