Posted October 05, 2012

ESPN to broadcast Kontinental Hockey League games


ESPN’s KHL slate will include Alex Ovechkin and Dynamo Moscow. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The ESPN network will carry a minimum of seven Kontinental Hockey League games featuring several big-name NHL stars and the league’s all-star game.

The network’s KHL broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Oct. 9 with ESPN SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy and NHL studio analyst Barry Melrose calling the Lev Praha vs. Dynamo Moscow game live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Dynamo Moscow’s roster includes Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. Lev Praha has signed Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

The network’s KHL schedule will also include games featuring SKA St. Petersburg led by New Jersey Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk, and Metallurg Mg featuring Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

ESPN’s relationship with the NHL has been rocky at best since the league passed on what it considered a lowball television rights deal to sign with Versus (now NBC Sports Network) in 2005.


Please tell us the broadcast times!  I can't wait to see the KHL.   I think the players going to Europe is the best thing to show the owners that they can't control the players.  When Americans and Canadians start taking an interest in the KHL, the owners will see they don't have a monopoly on the product.  The owners are endangering their game.  I support the players.