Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/3/14
The KHL is a strange place by North American standards, and KHL president Alex Medvedev is by far its strangest character. In post-Soviet Russia, there's apparently no conflict of interest for the de-facto commissioner to also be the general manager (technically chairman of the board of directors) of one of its highest-profile and highest-spending teams, SKA St. Petersburg, all while serving on the board of directors of the oil and natural gas giant Gazprom and running the KHL's biggest sponsor, GazpromExport, which is the largest exporter of natural gas in the world. He's almost a Bond supervillian, a Gary Bettman/Rene Fasel-type who actually enjoys giving interviews (if Gary Bettman was both the NHL's commissioner and one of J.P. Morgan Chase's highest-ranking executives, that translates to the amount of power Medvedev wields) and speaking bombastically, making huge promises about the KHL's future as a European hockey superpower and an equal of the NHL, a...
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