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Sakhalin Hockey Club officially represents Russia in the Asian Hockey League
On September 4, 2014, the first professional club in the history of island hockey flew to South Korea for the first AHL games, as reported by TIA Ostrova with reference to the press service of the Sakhalin Ice Hockey Federation.
According to the chairman of the Sakhalin Ice Hockey Federation Andrei Khapochkin, 2 September in Tokyo (Japan) at the general meeting of the Asian Hockey League (this is the highest governing body of the AHL), an official decision was made to include Russia in the AHL championship.
The top eight clubs from Japan, South Korea and China are participating in this competition. The ninth team, starting this season, will be the Russian hockey squad Sakhalin (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk).
- This project took place only thanks to the support of the Governor of the Sakhalin region Alexander Khoroshavin and the personal participation of our great goalkeeper Vladislav Tretyak, "Andrei Khapochkin explained. - Still some one and a half years ago in it very few people believed, and today our guys have taken off on the first games of championship АХЛ!
The first games - six matches in eight days - the Sakhaliners will play away: on September 6,7, 9 and 11 games with the SANGMU team, and on September 13, 14 and 1 - with HIGHXNUMX.
Russian hockey players will play their first home matches on October 5,6, 7 and XNUMX with the Japanese club "FREE BLADES". These matches will take place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on the ice of the Kristall Sports Palace.
In the group stage, each team will play 48 games. In the series play-off 5 out the best teams of the regular championship, which will determine the champion of the AHL.