The K.H.L.

KHL Logo

Official KHL Logo

Hey all! Here is the big post I was telling you about! This entire post will be dedicated to the KHL or the Kontinental Hockey League, which is the primary league in Eurasia. Some consider it a step down from the NHL but a step up from the AHL. There are currently 26 teams that play in the league, and out of those 20 of them are from Russia.

An interesting fact is that they are considered the 2nd best league in the world although the KHL was only founded in 2008. Personally I think that speaks volumes of their dedication and commitment to the sport.

I would like to start things off with a map mash-up similar to the one I did earlier in the year however this one will be outlining the KHL instead of the NHL.

Click Here For The Map Mash-Up

As you can see it is pretty spread out in some areas and then really close together in other, which is somewhat similar to the NHL and is due to population bases in the locations that teams are home to.

While I was thinking about the different areas that they play in I realized how interesting it would be to see the difference in attendance record between both leagues. So here is a chart detailing the total attendance in the past year for both.

Attendance chart

Clearly this is a little bit of a blowout, which might be due to the fact that it is a young league although I personally think that hockey is not really a dominate sport, like soccer, in some of the countries, excluding Russia.

However, I don’t think the KHL should be looked over by any means. I think it is interesting to note the skill level that the players have. (I think you know where this is going) So I put together a chart outlining both leagues top scorers.

Player Performance Chart

As you can see the NHL players still hold more points but I think it is important to remember that the KHL players are not that far behind and they should not be looked over when it comes to skill.

I know at this point you might be breathing a sigh of relief because that is my last chart that I am going to show you all. However, that is not the last of this post by any means. Since the KHL is such a young league I thought it would be fascinating to see a timeline of the league itself detailing its creation and major events.

Click Here To See The Timeline

I thought this was really interesting and it was sad to hear about the tragedy that befell the one team that lost all but one of their players in a plane crash. It is never fun to see something like that happen no matter who your favorite team is. I remember when it happened and the overwhelming support that a lot of NHL teams had for the team and the families of those who were lost.

And lastly I figured since I did not know much about the KHL I went out on a limb and wondered if other people knew as little as I did about it. So I decided to interview two people asking them questions about it. They may sound a little familiar because I interviewed them before earlier in the year, because I figured it would be pointless to ask random people who do not know anything about hockey in general about a Eurasian hockey league.

I thought it was really interesting that people who claim to know a large amount about hockey knew so little about basic knowledge dealing with the KHL. I also thought it was pretty funny that the one interviewee thought the K meant Kazakhstan, it was really random. I think this shows the large disconnect between Americans and the rest of the world.

Well folks, that about sums up this extremely long post about the KHL. I hope you enjoyed reading it just as much as I enjoyed making it.

Thank you all so much.

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Interview: Evan Schall

Dek Hockey

Evan Playing Dek Hockey

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Evan Schall and I am currently a junior double majoring in business management and sport, arts, and entertainment management at Point Park University. I’m currently the treasurer of Point Park’s United Student Government. I also work at the Fairmont as a banquet server. In the summer, I referee youth and adult dek and inline hockey.

How long have you been a hockey fan and who got you into it?

Well I’ve liked hockey as long as I remember. I began playing ice hockey when I was seven years old but quit a year later. I then started playing again when I was 13 years old. As far as my love for the Penguins and the NHL, I actually didn’t start watching them until about 2002 when I went to my first ever NHL game. After that I fell in love with the Penguins, and the rest is history.

What is it like to be working for the Pittsburgh Penguins?

To be honest it’s a dream come true. It’s one of those things where when you grow up they’re someone you want to work/play for so naturally it’s a great feeling to even have the opportunity. The people I have met have been great to me and it’s great to get my foot in the door. Hopefully this internship will lead to opportunities in the future.

What do you do for the organization currently?

I am currently the media relations intern for the team. If there were games being played I would be working on the media only floor game nights where I would do pretty much anything the media needed. I also would deliver game notes to the coaches in between period and also record post game interviews in the locker room. Because there is no hockey right now my duties include doing small projects for the coaches and we also were just put in charge of the media floor for the “3 Rivers Classic” which is the college hockey showcase at Consol Energy Center at the end of the month.

What has been the most exciting part of working there?

It’s hard to explain, but I really just enjoy coming in to work and contributing. Just knowing that the work I do directly benefits the Penguins organization and the coaches really makes me feel satisfied. Even though the NHL is locked out I am truly trying to make the most of my opportunity there.

How do you feel about the lockout? Do you think they will play at all this season?

I feel that it is an extremely unfortunate situation. Both sides and the cities are losing so much money over the labor dispute, and I’m not even including the fact that I can’t do my regular intern duties while they’re not playing! As far as whether I think they will play or not, that remains to be seen. I unfortunately do not have any “inside info” because I work there, but if I were to guess I feel like there is not going to be a season.

Do you play hockey yourself?

I played ice hockey when I was six, and when I was 13 I started playing inline hockey and dek (street) hockey. My greatest hockey accomplishment was probably playing in multiple national dek hockey tournaments. I have played teams from Canada and a bunch of different states where the skill level was really good.

What is something you would tell someone who is just getting into hockey?

I could give the “don’t give up on yourself” speech but instead I’m going to say no matter how good you are or what you can afford, there is always somewhere to play organized hockey for fun. For me, ice hockey was too expensive for me to play in high school because my parents didn’t have the money. So instead, I played inline hockey and dek hockey. Both of these are great alternatives to ice hockey that are fun for all skill levels. 

It’s Lockout Time

Hey all! This week I put together a little on camera interview for you. In the video I discuss the current lockout going on between the players and the NHL. I also get some feedback from fellow hockey enthusiasts on what they think is wrong with the lockout.

If you are unaware what is going on right now then you might be living under a rock. (or a puck) Although if you really are unaware allow me to inform you. The players of the NHL are currently locked out of all things dealing with the NHL. This is happening because of the collective bargaining agreement,(CBA) which expired before the season was set to start. Unfortunately this is all coming down to money, which seems to happen a lot lately.

Because the CBA expired before the NHL and the players could reach a new agreement they are unable to play or practice. If they would even communicate with the owners or the staff they would be fined a ridiculous sum of money. This is mainly because Gary Bettman has a very strict set of rules enforced and is not afraid to punish those who break his rules.

Currently they are still trying to agree on a CBA that is equal to all parties although personally to me it seems as thought the players want more than what is equal, but that is just me.

Thank you all for watching and reading.

Interview With a Hockey Fan. (or two)

So I have something special for you guys and gals this week. I wanted to examine the differences between someone who only knows a small amount about hockey and someone who knows a great deal about hockey.

I was interested to see how different their responses would be when asked the same question. I also wanted to discover if the difference would be by a large margin or if it would be minuscule. So let’s have a listen and see how it goes.

 

So, like I said overall I do not think there was a major difference I think that the only differences were very subtle.

If you were unable to tell the more experienced fan was Steve Lau. In my opinion it was easier to distinguish him as the bigger fan because he is a large fan of another team outside of Pittsburgh, which shows he is not just a Pittsburgh fan because that is where he is from.

Another distinguishable characteristic is hidden in his favorite part of the sport, he talks about the grace and how it is a team sport where Johnie Friewald said that she enjoys the fans and that she was a fan of fighting.

An easy way to tell a new fan from and old fan is by how much they enjoy the fighting. Obviously there are older fans that enjoy the fighting, but that is just a good rule of thumb.