The Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) has never hidden it desire to spread its wings, and it now appears that a British franchise could be on the cards.
‘KHL insider’ Aivis Kalniņš’ tweet on Friday that the KHL and Great Britain had agreed terms for expansion into the UK for a London team caused a flurry of activity on social media
BREAKING – KHL and Great Britian have come to terms for their expansion to UK. Hearing team will be based in London.
— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) July 15, 2016
In our latest Twitter Talk feature, we take a look at what people have been saying about the possibility of a KHL franchise on these shores:
KHL VP Georgi Kobylyansky: The KHL has permission from the British ice hockey association to expand to London.
— KHL News – English (@KHLNewsEN) July 15, 2016
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 15, 2016
KHL in London; Would I swap Bison for a KHL side? No. Would I got to a game now and then? Yes. KHL is good hockey, quality and stylistically
— Anthony Russell (@84arussell) July 15, 2016
Please…since I’m going home twice a year, I’d get to see a KHL game ?? https://t.co/YKOKYczVNK
— Bine (@Binenr9) July 15, 2016
@AshBebbington if London had a proper EIHL team, I wager that would do more good for the game here I reckon. KHL might be too obscure
— Ben James (@BenjaminJames27) July 15, 2016
If KHL, NHL or others are prepared to invest in UK hockey, that’s great news. The tweet is likely hyperbole, but happy to be proven wrong
— Jamie Black (@jamieblackEIHL) July 15, 2016
Given London’s record of defunct Ice Hockey teams the KHL story seems pretty bizarre yet very believable #KHL
— Steven Nicholson (@ste_nic) July 15, 2016
@MurphOnIce KHL is as viable on the moon as it is in London. Still, if these thieves and gangsters wish to waste their dirty cash, let em.
— Fraser Gray (@drfrasergray) July 15, 2016
The KHL is an insane league, logistically. But it will inevitably be cited by the @NFL when the league makes a push for a London team.
— Hayden Bird (@haydenhbird) July 15, 2016
@BradleyAK1997 Agree on all that, anything that helps game in UK is good. But can KHL appeal to enough non-hockey fans to be sustainable?
— James Attwood (@Atters_J) July 16, 2016