Just for the heck of it I searched YouTube for any ex-Hab Brent Sopel footage of him playing in the KHL and I found this 30 second piece of almost nothing. But I thought I’d put it up just so you can see how many fans are in the place. Yes, they pack’em in in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but some of these outposts are not even close, as you’ll see here.
I’ve said it all along. As much as the KHL feels they can compete with the NHL, they can’t. Soccer is the big draw in Russia and always has been. And how can these teams pay their players millions? I think it’s mainly because oil barons there have more money than the Sheik of Araby.
I also found, although I’m not sure how old this information is, that the KHL is ranked 4th in attendance overseas with average ticket sales per game at just 5,097, with Sweden, Switzerland, and Germany all ahead of them.