The KHL World Games are making their return – a destination is still yet to be announced but UAE is a strong candidate.
If one would ask which most exotic country has hosted a high-level hockey game, I wouldn’t know but that could change as soon as this upcoming hockey season.
There are now rumblings that KHL is considering heading to UAE as part of their traditional ”KHL World Games” event.
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The following is a statement from KHL:
KHL is considering three options where the ”KHL World Games” events would be held, amongst those is UAE. We’re actively working on the process that will lead to a final decision, however, it’s too early to speculate on a possible destination.
While it’s still early and we don’t know what decision will be made a source suggested to FPC Hockey that Avangard Omsk and AkBars Kazan would be the teams to travel to UAE at the end of the year to play at least one game.
We are considering all options, but our goal is to promote the game and if we are headed there, we will need to send there some of our top teams. Right now we see current Gagarin Cup champions – Omsk and former champions AkBars going at it in the beautiful place that is UAE.
KHL has held five ”KHL World Games” matches – two in Zurich and two in Vienna as well as a single match in Davos. Last season the event was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.