It’s the second day of the KHL’s regular season and there are already massive issues with teams, referees, and a certain president.
Habarovsk Amur has run into massive Covid-19 flame.”Due to Covid-19, we won’t be able to play with our best roster. We have recalled players from our junior team to help.” Pavel Torgajev revealed in a statement. There have been rumors that the team will hit the road with a roster solely based on VHL (minor league) and MHL (junior league) players.
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Meanwhile, due to the political situation in Belarus, Jokerit Helsinki has decided not to take off from their hometown to fly to Minsk where they would play Dinamo Minsk in their opening game. As stated by the KHL, the game is postponed. A statement from the Finnish team said that both sides won’t be meeting today in Belarus, but that the league would inform the reasons for the cancellation at a later date.
In Riga, where Barys Nur-Sultan would have to meet the hosts Dinamo Riga, one of the match referees has tested positive for COVID-19 so the whole crew has been pulled from the game. It appears as they still plan to play the game but the referees removed will be replaced by a crew from Latvia pending approval by the KHL.