The KHL pre-season isn’t that far off as teams are expected to begin medical tests in mid-July. Meanwhile, the league is still working on the schedule but right now we know some tiny details on what is expected to happen when the puck drops and the season will get underway.
The first game of the season will be played on September first – The Opening Cup game will be played between KHL Champions Avangard Omsk and regular season winner CSKA Moscow.
There were long discussions in regards to the principles of the regular-season schedule as there were many hurdles but eventually, the league and the leadership of clubs agreed upon the most important things. The regular season will conclude on March 1st of 2022 and the calendar will also include a 31-day long break due to the Beijing Olympic Winter Games.
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What hasn’t been taken into consideration is the Olympic Qualifying tournament that will take place at the end of August – where teams like Latvia will participate and that means that the training camp of Dinamo Riga consists of mostly Latvian National Team players.
Teams will now also be allowed to loan up to four players. Three in the age group under 22 and one in the age group under 24. League has promised to assure that there won’t be any hidden player loans.
As per usual – some of the teams won’t be able to play in their home arenas – Kunlun Red Star that used to be based out of China will now move to Mistichi and Avangard Omsk will continue playing in Balashika while their new home arena is still being built.