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    Alberto Ilisko joins Swedish Djurgardens IF for a try-out

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    Janis Sprukts signs two year (and two-way) contract with Florida Panthers

    Remember that he already played few (I'd say 12) games with Panthers in 2006-07

    Also Dinamo Riga was interested seeing Sprukts in their roster, but GM later announced that Sprukts asked for too big salary

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    Kriss Grundmanis

    Anything new on Kriss, is he returning to North America for the 08 season. He finished out last season in the ECHL with Dayton Bombers, I had heard he may sign with Riga, any news on this?

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    List of teams in the Samsung Premier League next season:

    SK LSPA/Riga
    HK Liepajas Metalurgs-2
    DHK Latgale-2
    HS Riga Prizma/Hanza
    HK Concept
    HK Ozolnieki/Monarhs
    SK Riga 18
    SC Energija

    so SC Energija will play...

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    So Samsung Premier League is now strictly amateur, correct?

    Is Riga 18 a U-18 club?

    Is SK LSPA/Riga a youth team? Are the secondary teams of Liepajas and Latgale youth teams?

    Finally, didn't that team Viki which played in the Premier League several years back survive and play in the Riga-based league? Why have they not come back now that the level of the league has dropped?

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    Yes, Riga 18 is a U-18 club and LSPA/Riga is a U-20 club. I'd say that also Prizma/Hanza is a youth club. I've no info about which players (how young/old) will play in 2nd teams of Metalurgs and Latgale.

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    Given that this is the case, it seems that the level of the league has dropped by a large amount.

    It seems to now be a mix of junior and local amateur teams.

    Will the Latvian media still cover it?

    Energija will likely do better than 1-47 this year.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Given that this is the case, it seems that the level of the league has dropped by a large amount.

    It seems to now be a mix of junior and local amateur teams.

    Will the Latvian media still cover it?

    Energija will likely do better than 1-47 this year.....
    Well, that's one upside, if you can really point to it as such.

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    (RUMOUR) Sandis Ozolins has declined an offer from LA Kings for 800.000$ (not mentioned, but, I suppose, it was one-year and two-way)

    As we can remember, he also didn't sign with Dinamo Riga. GM of the club said that the club can't afford to pay million only for a single player so Ozolins asked for 1.000.000+ (Lats or euro, no idea, anyway - worth much more than USD)

    Apart from matter of money, I think, that he has decided that if he doesn't receive an offer with amazingly huge salary, he retires - because previous season he spent in SJ which was also his first NHL club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Will the Latvian media still cover it?
    Nope...
    Basically all they cover now is DINAMO RIGA, 4 teams in Belarus Extraliga and a few lines about our guys in other leagues.
    Latvian Open Championship is covered by local hockey fans on esports.lv (and still, a bit)

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    Sergejs Pecura, after released from Mora IK, joins HK Riga 2000.

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    I didnt find anything in this topic, will Dinamo Riga join latvian league after they finish with KHL season?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forsberg View Post
    I didnt find anything in this topic, will Dinamo Riga join latvian league after they finish with KHL season?
    No!
    Dinamo Riga play in KHL and that's all. They won't be fighting for Latvian title.

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    Presumably one of the clubs playing in the Belarus Open League will win the Latvian championship once they join the Samsung League playoffs.

    The winner should play Dinamo Riga in a best of 3, or even a single game, for the Latvian championship - why deprive Dinamo of a chance to play in the Champions League or even the Continental Cup?

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    Latvian Karlis Zirnis is tearing up the SPHL. Through 3 games, he had 4 goals and 6 assists. He was playing in the CHL last year and the Huntsville Havoc's new coach came from the CHL and brought in quite a few CHL level guys and upper echelon SPHLers. I would not be surprised to see the Havoc go from worst to first.

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    Artjoms Ogorodnikovs, after playing the first part of the season in Ozolnieki/Monarhs, returns to ASK/Ogre where he spent previous season.


    Meanwhile, there has been another small rotation of players between Dinamo Riga and HK Riga 2000 - Gints Meija, Olegs Sorokins and Aigars Cipruss are called up, while Viktors Blinovs and Juris Stals are sent down. Meija has a good season - 20 points in 24 games and has scored for three last games in a row.

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    Florida Panthers has recalled Janis Sprukts. Sprukts spent already 12 minutes on the ice last night.

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    HK Riga 2000, the farmclub of Dinamo Riga, has serious economical problems and Edgars Lusins, Martins Skuska, Vladislavs Vodolazskis, Gatis Gricinskis, Edgars Brancis, Raimonds Danilics have left the club.

    Meanwhile, Miks Indrasis, Nauris Enkuzens, Vladislavs Balakuns, Karlis Rozkalns, Vladislavs Borovkovs, Aldis Popens have joined HK Riga 2000. They all previously played in SK LSPA/Riga.

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    That's sad to hear. Any chance of help from Dinamo/more or new owners?

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    also Agris Saviels leaves HK Riga 2000

    Elvis Zelubovskis joins Metallurg Zhlobin
    Edgars Brancis joins Neman Grodn
    Raimonds Danilics joins Khimik-SKA Novopolock

    Igors Bondarevs is also leaving HK Riga 2000 and it's rumoured that he will join HK Gomel

    So, basically, these players are staying in the league, just swapping teams - joining Belarusian ones which have no economical difficulties.

    But Saviels, Gricinskis, Skuska, Lusins and Vodolazskis are still without a club, although I think that Saviels and Lusins will easily sign a contract with any other club. Vodolazskis could join DHK Latgale as he comes from it.

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    Latvian goaltender Edgars Masalskis, although injured at least until february, has joined EV Duisburg.

    Besides that, it's rumoured that next week some players will leave/be released also from HK Liepajas Metalurgs

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    Agris Saviels joins Metallurg Zhlobin

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    HK Liepajas Metalurgs has only decreased player salaries.

    Andrejs Smirnovs has left the club. Moreover, it's not said that the new salary is reason for that.

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    Owner of ASK/Ogre Juris Feodorovs said in an interview that he is not sure whether the club will be able to end the season in Belarusian Extraleague due to lack of money. Their main sponsor was Ministry of Defence (that's why it's ASK, just like SKA in Russia), but as all Latvian ministries are trying to cut expenses as much as possible, then they have cut the money going to ASK/Ogre to a half.

    (meanwhile, basketball club ASK Riga were in more serious trouble as their three main sponsors were Ministry of Defence, Riga council and Parex bank - ministry don't give them any money at all anymore, Riga council has decreased the amount of money, but Parex bank got into serious problems, Latvian Government overtook it and have invested approx. 0.5 billion euro in it so, of course, also they are not giving any money anymore. Now ASK Riga plays with no foreign players, also few Latvians left the club)

    Meanwhile, when HK Liepajas Metalurgs decreased their player salaries it was only about 5-7%.

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    Do you think the 4 clubs will leave the Extraliga and move back to the Samsung premjerliga due to lack of funds and a lower costs?

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    There's no information about any problems with DHK Latgale, although I think they should have some.

    Anyway, I think the clubs will end this season, but as for next season - I think HK Liepajas Metalurgs could still play there - they are most competetive and seems that their problems are not as big as for other clubs, but the federation might not let them to play - they could have a politic "whether all 4 play in Belarus or no one plays there".

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    Finally, also something about DHK Latgale - they have released Edgars Apelis, Viktors Lobacovs, Maksims Petruks, Deniss Martjusovs, Andrejs Fjodorovs, but three Russians have joined the club instead. One of them is goalie Sergei Klimentiev, other two are not mentioned.

    ASK/Ogre has cut player wages for 20%.

    So following Latvian news, these players are currently without a club:
    Ex-DHK Latgale:
    *Edgars Apelis
    *Viktors Lobacovs
    *Maksims Petruks
    *Deniss Martjusovs
    *Andrejs Fjodorovs
    Ex-HK Liepajas Metalurgs:
    *Andrejs Smirnovs
    Ex-HK Riga 2000
    *Martins Skuska
    *Gatis Gricinskis
    *Edgars Lusins
    *Vladislavs Vodolazskis

    altogether, 10 players


    In other news, last night Boston Bruins recalled Martins Karsums, but he was benched. But today Bruins have sent Martin St.Pierre and Vladimir Sobotka to Providence, which might mean that Karsums will play tonight.

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    Rumoured that Maris Jass has been released from HK Liepajas Metalurgs

    Rumoured that Edgars Lusins has joined Neman Grodn

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    Not good to hear of the Latvian clubs' struggles.

    In another thread (possibly in the Belarus forum, possibly here in the Latvia forum, I'm not sure), I mentioned that the non-KHL Latvian and/or Belarussian clubs might end up suffering if Latvia and Belarus were granted KHL clubs. And that seems to be happening.

    Also, look at the Samsung league. Lithuania's Energija used to be its doormat - and now they're in first place.

    It seems to me that the KHL has hurt more than helped hockey in Latvia.

    Belarus apparently hasn't been affected as badly.

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    I thought the same when I heard that Latvian club will play in the KHL.

    But in Latvian Open league clubs have never made most of their money from sold tickets (as it's in NA) - they gain their money from sponsors and, of course, in such an economical situation, it's hard to gain/keep sponsors and so the problems begin.

    Latvian league is much lower just because four clubs are playing in Belarus and only their farmclubs play in the Latvian league. Only team, apart from SC Energija, which played already previous season is SK LSPA/Riga, but this year they're weaker as they have younger players on the roster and there are two more junior clubs in the league - SK Riga 18 and HS Prizma/Hanza Riga

    Attendances have falled alot for Riga region teams and that, of course, you can connect only and with Dinamo Riga. HK Riga 2000 avg. attendance this season is ~500, the same is for ASK/Ogre. It was near 1000 last season. HK Liepajas Metalurgs and DHK Latgale don't have such big problems as they're far away from Riga and they still can keep interest about them among locals.

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    If I were in Riga and I had to money, I'd go to both Dinamo and HK Riga 2000 games. But again the key there is if I had the money. People are probably trying to decided between fewer but higher quality KHL games or more Belarusian Extraliga games and maybe the occasional cross over to see a KHL game.

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    Alberts Ilisko club Nynšshamns IF has loaned him to DjurgŚrden U-20

    Edijs Brahmanis, after playing 2 games, leaves Dinamo Riga

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    Will Dinamo Riga compete in the national championship of Latvia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drax View Post
    Will Dinamo Riga compete in the national championship of Latvia?
    Congrats on being first Croat on this board to reach 1000 posts.

    Answer is no.
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    Yes, that's true - it won't.

    But there has been an suggestion that Dinamo Riga should face winners of Latvian league playoff (which will include four Latvian clubs playing in the Belarusian team) so, basically, we could later call Dinamo a champion and they could play in the qualification of CHL next year.

    But as hockey federation must approve it, but, meanwhile, its president is one of Liepajas Metalurgs owners, but the suggestor is a former rival to Lipmans (he tried to establish a new institution, which would take care of Latvian hockey) is one of the Dinamo Riga's owners, it is not likely to happen.
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    Team president talks about rebirth of Dinamo Riga

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    The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) replaced the Russian Super League and launched its inaugural season in 2008 with 24 teams mostly from Russia, but Latvia, Kazakhstan and Belarus also have squads. Latvia is represented by Dinamo Riga (Rīgas Dinamo).

    Latvian hockey fans may remember the original Dinamo Riga from Soviet days. It was founded in 1945 and survived until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Between 1949 and 1967 Dinamo was called Rīga Daugava. In 1987-1988, the team won second place in the top Soviet division and was led by Arturs Irbe, then a young and budding Latvian superstar.

    Dinamo President Viesturs Koziols is a real estate development entrepreneur and adventurer. He is co-holder of the Latvian hot air balloon height and distance records and has been to the North Pole. Koziols is president of Avantis, a non-government youth organization that sponsored the film Atrasts Amerikā (Found in America). Koziols is part owner (12.18 percent) of Dinamo Riga.

    Koziols responded to questions in a telephone interview while the team was visiting Helsinki, Finland.

    Question: How did the Kontinental Hockey League arrive in Rīga?

    Viesturs Koziols: The first time this question came up was about three years ago. I was part of idle chit-chat about how good it would be to have Dinamo Riga play again with top notch team from Russia, Sweden and other countries. Last year I tried to get Rīga 2000 into the Russia Premier League (one level below the Super League), but that didnít work because the demands were too high. This year serious talks about establishing the Kontinental Hockey League and including a team from Latvia started around February or March. Former Prime Minister Aigars Kalvītis was in Moscow several times to meet with the leagueís founders. He was instrumental in getting us in.

    Q: Do you see the KHL as a challenge to the National Hockey League (NHL)?

    VK: I think itís too early to talk about that. This is the KHLís first season, but last year the NHL celebrated its 90th anniversary. We canít hope to compete with the NHL for a few years. But I look at things a bit differently. The KHL is the future of European hockey. The KHL can raise the level of hockey in Europe. And to the extent that Iíve talked with Swedes, Finns, Czechs and Germans, everyone is thrilled with the new league even though many have reservations about the ease of working with Russians. However, I can say that if the current atmosphere within the KHL prevails, then everything from a sports or hockey perspective will be fine. Things are a lot better than I had imagined. For example, the former executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA), Bob Goodenow, was hired by KHL head Alex Medvedev as a consultant. When I travelled to Moscow to discuss the possibility of joining the KHL, Goodenow was at the table. To me that said a lot. Itís clear that the KHL will have a Czech team next season. A memorandum of understanding has already been signed. There will also be teams from Sweden and Finland as well as Germany before too long.

    Q: How do you respond to comments made by the former Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Artis Pabriks that the expansion of the KHL into Latvia and other former Soviet republics is politically motivated and an attempt to expand Russian influence?

    VK: I would suggest to Mr. Pabriks that he not mix something delicious like cottage cheese with something that doesnít taste well in the same bowlóto not mix politics with sports. Our goals are all about sports and it is difficult to imagine how the Russians could influence the Swedish, Finnish, German or Austrian governments through the KHL. Thatís crazy. As far as Iím concerned, the more teams weíll have from European countries, the better it will be for Latviaís interests.

    Q: What does Dinamo Riga do for Latviaís image?

    VK: Let me give you a few examples. When we played in Moscow, I wandered around the arena and local fans, strangers, congratulated Dinamo Riga on their play. They commented that hockey is more interesting with Dinamo Riga in the league. At another arena in Russia, I noticed that our souvenirs were on sale. On one hand I was angry that this was being done without our permission but on the other hand, I was happy that our souvenirs were selling. After Moscow Dinamo visited us, one of Russiaís leading sports newspapers devoted a whole page to Rīga. They lauded our great fans, our team, our city, our country. Thatís something our politicians have not been able to do. However we do have to realize that in Russia there will be negative political attitudes towards Latvia. Thatís politics. Letís look at the two games we played in Helsinki. We didnít do that just to spend money because it wasnít cheap. We came to Helsinki to popularize Latvia, Rīga, Latvian hockey and Dinamo Riga. Finns came up to us, shook our hands and said they marveled at what weíve been able to do. And thatís because weíre Latvian patriots, Rīga patriots. But thereís something else. The economic situation in Latvia is difficult. With hockey weíre able to give people in Latvia something to feel good about. Regardless of where I go in Latvia, people come up to me and the first question is always about hockey. They say Viestur, johaidi, what about Masalskis, or why didnít Hossa score in the last game? Everyone is talking about hockey. I see the positive atmosphere and emotions that Dinamo Riga has created. Thatís something that money canít buy.

    Q: What type of hockey does Dinamo Riga play?

    VK: Our skills arenít as good as many Russian teams and we need to be patient, be careful and play defensively. Weíve already shown that we can play in our zone and prevent the opponent from realizing their game plan. And if weíre able to do that and hang in for the first five or 10 minutes, then even though we only have three or four high-calibre forwards, they can take advantage of the situation and go on the counter-attack and score.

    Q: How do you avoid complacency among Latvian players who may think they automatically have a place on your team?

    VK: It doesnít matter who the player is. Results are what are important. And if their play isnít up to what is expected by Dinamo Riga then weíll send them down to our Riga 2000 farm team.

    Q: Did you go after any of the top Latvian pros who play in North America?

    VK: Not really, but time will tell if any of them join us in the future.

    Q: Tell us about your imports and what type of players you were looking for.

    VK: General Manager Normunds Sējējs and I evaluated 200 imports and we chose six. We knew that we needed two strong defensemen. They were Duvie Westcott (201 NHL games) from Canada and Filip Novak (17 NHL games) from the Czech Republic. We knew we needed someone who could score and that was Marcel Hossa (237 NHL games) from Slovakia. We knew we needed someone who could put away rebounds and that was Mark Hartigan (102 NHL games) from Canada. And then thereís Matt Ellison (43 NHL games) from Canada. Heís someone whoíll be out there battling even if heís exhausted. We needed Ronald Petrovicky (342 NHL games) from Slovakia. Heís someone who doesnít make way for anyone on the ice. If he needs to fight, heíll fight; if he needs to go after the puck, heíll do that. Our imports are role models for local Latvian players who pick up tips from them. But at the same time our imports are also picking up things from the locals. Itís only natural that everyone is learning from each other. But, yes, at this point it is the local boys who are learning most from our imports. Thatís the way it should be. The imports are imports. They have more experience and thatís why theyíre paid more.

    Q: What does the re-birth of Dinamo Riga mean for Latvian hockey?

    VK: Dinamo Riga means one thing. Latvian hockey players are starting to gain confidence in their play. By winning against teams like Avangard Omsk, CSKA Moscow, Atlant or Moscow Dinamo the players are able to prove that they can play against and beat Russian teams that are among the best in the world. That hasnít been the case with the national team which has gone to World Championships to beat Denmark, Norway or Italy and thatís it. But now the players are starting to believe that they can win against strong opponents. Thatís the biggest gain for Latvian hockey. In addition, Dinamo Riga will help improve the level of play in Latvia. Young players will see that they donít need to go to Canada, for example, to play hockey, because thereís top notch hockey in Latvia. There will be new stars and increased fan interest. Our games are broadcast on television and we havenít had an audience less than 180,000. The best that basketball does is 80,000. Our biggest television audiences were 330,000 when we played CSKA and SKA St. Petersburg. That says a lot.

    Q: Three teams in the KHL have the name Dinamo: Minsk, Moscow and Rīga. Why the name Dinamo for your team?

    VK: We spent a lot of time discussing what name to choose for the team. Dinamo Riga won out because Dinamoís successes represented the best era in Latvian hockey. It would be silly to forget or ignore that.

    Q: What statement are you trying to make with the design of the Dinamo Riga jersey?

    VK: The home jersey is maroon while the away jersey has maroon trim. We wanted to show that weíre patriots of our country, that with our play we respect and defend Latviaís honour. The three stars on the top, theyíre Latviaís stars. The skyline around the bottom of the jersey is Rigaís and says that weíre from there. The shield represents strength. The two lions from Rigaís coat of arms show that weíre fierce and opponents need to be afraid of us. (The ďDĒ on the jersey is from the Dinamo Riga of oldóed.)

    Q: The Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL pull in USD 1.5 million at the gate for each home game. European teams have to rely less on the gate and more on sponsorship. What can you tell us about the finances of Dinamo Riga?

    VK: Itís not realistic to think that business will go very well during our first year. We canít hope for the kind of crowds that NHL teams pull in or the prices they can charge for tickets. But at the same time Dinamo Riga attendance is very good and averaging 7,500 at Arena Riga home games. In three to four years weíre planning on building our own arena when I expect the economic situation to be better. But itís clear that our first and second years will be difficult and we will need to leverage every advertising and sponsorship opportunity we can get. (SIA Itera Latvia owns 39.02 percent of Dinamo Riga and is its main sponsor. It is the Latvian subsidiary of a Russian company and is involved in natural and liquefied gas exports and imports, shipping and sales. Other owners include former Kalvītis and former Latvian President Guntis Ulmanis, each with a 9.76 percent shareóed.)
    Q: How can you compete against teams like Avangard Omsk, which can spend millions on a player like Jaromir Jagr?

    VK: Even though our budget is the third smallest in the league, weíve proven that itís not just about money. There are other factors such as teamwork, coaching, discipline, fans and patriotism. Putting them together, you can build a good team.

    Q: What about the needs of your players?

    VK: Players live on their own, but they get together when we have outings. And of course there are team meals both before and after games. Weíve taken a lot of care to ensure that the team has everything they need: equipment, facilities, computer technology, helping the imports get settled. The team also uses charter aircraft on road trips.

    Q: How do you attract fans to fill the seats at your home games?

    VK: We have various advertising campaigns and promotions. One of things we do is that we let young hockey players into Dinamo games for one lat if theyíre wearing their team jerseys. When Iím at a game, Iím pleased that we have 300, 400 or even 500 young players in the stands from teams in Rīga and other parts of Latvia. We have special promotions for season ticket holders, we work with sponsors and weíre working hard to get our average attendance from 7,500 to 9,000.

    Q: Dinamo Riga plays in a division with three teams from Siberia. Would it have not made more sense to align KHL teams geographically?

    VK: It certainly would and weíve been promised, in fact all teams have been told, that next year the divisions will be aligned geographically. Thatís why itís important for us to have new teams from Sweden, Finland, Germany and the Czech Republic because itís much easier to fly an hour to Prague or Helsinki than it is to get to Habarovsk which is a 12 hour flight with stop-overs.

    Q: What is the relationship of the Rīga 2000 team that plays in the Belarus and Latvian leagues to the Dinamo organization?

    VK: RIga 2000 is our farm team. We only have one import player on Rīga 2000. The rest are local players because the main objective of Rīga 2000 is to develop young players for Dinamo Riga.

    Q: How closely are you involved in player selection and the day-to-day operations of the team?

    VK: So far Iím definitely a hands-on owner. In the last six months there hasnít been a day when I havenít spent at least a few hours on hockey. The day-to-day work has been intensive but Iím knowledgeable in the game and I need to be there.

    Q: Few owners have laced up a pair of skates and played hockey. You have. What does hockey mean personally to Viesturs Koziols?

    VK: I usually work 14-, 15- or even 16-hour days. If I didnít play hockey then it would be much more difficult to handle the workload and stress. From an emotional point of view, like many Latvian hockey fans, hockey for me means great experiences, positive emotions and pride in a job well done. Positive emotions are important for anyone and thatís what hockey gives me.

    Q: Do you have any words for Dinamo Riga fans abroad?

    VK: Weíve certainly been thinking of our fans, even those far away. If anyone has any ideas or comments then send us a note at info@dinamoriga.eu or info@dinamoriga.lv. At some point fans will also be able to sign-up for e=mail newsletters. That way theyíll be able to get the inside story.

    Q: Dinamo Riga played two games in Helsinki. The NHL has played exhibition games in Europe. Any chance of seeing Dinamo Riga in Canada or the United States?

    VK: I would be happy if the opportunity arose for us to play a few games in North America. The problem, however, is one of timing. Our training camp gets under way in July while NHL teams start in September when our season is already underway. But it would be easy for us to fly to Chicago, New York or Toronto when compared with our road trips to Siberia and the Russian Far East.

    Q: The inaugural KHL season will be a success for Dinamo Riga ifÖ

    VK: ...Dinamo Riga make the play-offs. But as I said earlier, this season has already been a success. The most important success has been the happy faces and positive emotions that Iíve seen at the arena. But yes, Iíd be very happy if we made the play-offs, caught another team off-guard and had a good post-season run.

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    very good read! thanks Da Silva.

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    Martins Karsums was traded alond with Matt Lashoff to Tampa Bay for Mark Recchi and a 2nd Round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft

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    Congrats Da Silva, you made it yourself??
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    An interesting record was set on Arena Riga ice yesterday, just after the Latvia-Slovakia game. The idea was how many hockey fans can gather on a ice hockey field. 3851 people came. You can easily see that there was a lot of space left. By the way, 6 or 7 thousand attended the game.

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    Dinamo Riga and Panthers Florida game has been canceled due to financial reasons - one ticket would cost around 30 Lats which is 60 USD, which in this economical situation most probably wouldn't attract big enough crowd - average tickets to a Dinamo Riga regular season games cost 10 Lats ~ 20 USD.

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