On 21 November, 2015, Landshut will host the second preliminary round game of the 2015-2016 World Legends Hockey League season. The Russian and German teams will face off at the arena with up to 7,000 spectators to determine the second team to play in the finals, which will take place next January at Legends Park in Moscow.
The Russian team will include legendary players like Valery Kamensky, Alexei Kasatonov, Alexei Zhamnov and Vyacheslav Fetisov. Legends League President Pavel Bure will also hit the ice. In fact, Landshut hockey fans saw him play there back in 1994/1995 when he joined the local hockey club for a single appearance, scoring three points in one game.
Fully aware of how hard it will be to counter the legends on the Russian team, Germany has been so serious about the match-up that even the team roster has been kept secret and is expected to be announced just prior to the game to take advantage of the element of surprise. Helmut Steiger, Michael Brezak, Peter Gulda and Bernd Wagner, who all played with Bure in 1994, are expected to be on the German team. It is also possible that the most distinguished German hockey player of all times, Udo Kiessling, who won bronze at the 1976 Olympics, holds a national record (world’s second best) based on the number of games played for a national team, and also finished his career in Landshut, will be on the roster.
According to tournament rules, the game winner will advance to the super finals of the Legends League’s first season.
Finland became the first team to reach the super finals by overcoming Sweden in a shoot-out on 6 November in Helsinki. The third preliminary round game will take place on 29 November in Jihlava, where the Czech Republic will play against Slovakia. The three winning teams will be joined in Moscow by the losing team with the best score.
Team line-ups, online broadcasts, reports, photo images and details on the World Legends Hockey League are available at www.hockeylegends.ru.