“Everything is done for the KHL to have 70 or even 80 games. You just don’t need to cram them in five months” – striker “Torpedo” Kruchinin

Attacker from Nizhny NovgorodTorpedo » Alexei Kruchinin in a conversation with , he spoke in favor of increasing the number of matches in the Fonbet KHL Championship in connection with the withdrawal of the Russian team from the world championship.

The IIHF Council on Wednesday extended the suspension of the Russian and Belarusian national teams from competitions under the organisation’s auspices for the 2023/24 season, explaining the move as a high risk for competitors, officials and fans. .

Torpedo, led by Igor Larionov, finished fourth in the Western Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, the team beat Dynamo Moscow (4-2 in the series), then lost in the second round to SKA (0-4).

Should the KHL championship be extended until the end of May? Taking into account that our team will not be able to compete in the next world championships.

– One hundred percent the league would benefit from the championship lasting longer. I’m sure no KHL player will say, “Let’s play less. Everyone will be in favor of having seventy or even eighty league games. You just don’t need to cram them in five months for us to constantly fly all over Russia.

And so make contracts at least until May 15, at least until May 31, travel expenses. Now is such a time – the sun is peeking out, the mood is right. You put on a suit, you go to the game – everything is fine! And suddenly hockey is over for us today.

It would be possible to play in the regular season at that time. If you’re playing the playoffs in warm weather you can put up big screens in the plazas and there are beer stands right there for the people. And thousands of fans who have not been to the arena will rest there and watch the hockey. It has to be done when we don’t have the World Cup and the international scene in general. All attention should be on the KHL. I hope the league will start moving in that direction,” Kruchinin told .

Kruchinin, 31, moved from Sibir to Torpedo this summer. In 60 games of the season, he scored 52 (15 goals + 37) points.

Watch live broadcasts of KHL matches on the federal channel and thematic channels of the holding, as well as on the sites matchtv.ru and sportbox.ru.

Source : MatchTV

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