Like most everyone else in the hockey world, former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Viacheslav Fetisov was glued to the TV watching what would turn out to be the last game of the Stanley Cup final. His view of the victory by the Vegas Golden Knights was that what happens in Vegas would also play well in Russia.
Once Russia’s minister for sport, Fetisov is today a member of the country’s government. But the old hockey player thinks the KHL can learn a lesson from the NHL, where the Golden Knights rose to be Stanley Cup champions just six years after gaining an NHL franchise. He doesn’t think that could happen in the KHL, where a few powerful clubs dominate the league.
“The sixth year the team has won the Stanley Cup,” Fetisov told Sport-Express.ru. “This is to ensure that equal opportunities give a chance to win in the strongest hockey competition on the planet Earth.
“Without clubs of oligarchs, without unequal opportunities. In the situation in which we find ourselves, this principle should be fundamental. All clubs in the KHL should have the same opportunities as in the NHL.”
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When the Golden Knights won the Stanley Cup, coach Bruce Cassidy became the first former Grand Rapids Griffins coach to be in charge of the bench for a NHL championship squad.
Congrats to former Griffins Bruce Cassidy and Chris Davidson-Adams on winning the Stanley Cup! Cassidy became the first former Griffins coach to win the cup.
— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) June 14, 2023
Cassidy was coach of the Griffins from 2000-02, when the club was a farm team for the Ottawa Senators.
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