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Gary Bettman: we will explore all cooperation options

27.09 20:04

On 27 September, the management of the World Legends Hockey League met with National Hockey League representatives in Toronto.

The Legends League was represented by President Pavel Bure, Park of Legends President Alexey Kasatonov, Hockey Legends Club President Alexander Yakushev, official representative of the Legends League in North America Igor Larionov and Legends League Executive Director Dmitry Tugarin.

The National Hockey League was represented by Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League, his deputy Bill Daly and Donald Fehr, Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players' Association. Also present was René Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

At the meeting, the parties noted the importance of cooperation to promote ice hockey. They also discussed the possible cooperation formats between the two leagues and, specifically, the establishment of an integrated framework for holding matches and the possible accession of North American teams to the World Legends Hockey League.

Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League, said that, in his opinion, the cooperation opportunities were interesting and that the NHL would consider all the alternatives available for the two organisations to work together more closely, including North America’s participation in the Legends League.

Legends League Executive Director Dmitry Tugarin, commented: “The meeting continued for over an hour. We had a quite lively discussion. NHL and NHLPA representatives wanted to hear absolutely all the details of the first season. René Fasel, who made sure to be there for the discussion, offered a lot of support for our programme. We could see that the leaders of North American hockey were impressed by our group, represented by Pavel Bure, Igor Larionov, Alexander Yakushev and Alexey Kasatonov.

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