There are constant rumours, both legitimate and wacky, regarding the potential existence of new hockey leagues. These include the World Hockey Association in North America, the Continental Hockey League (KHL) expanding in Russia, the NHL developing a presence in Europe, and the Elite Leagues of Sweden, Finland, and the Czech Republic uniting. These may not be possible, probable, or even on the radar, but in order for a True European League (TEL) to exist, it goes well beyond simply signing up teams. The first part of starting this league is not, unfortunately, hockey; it is money. Huge sums of money are required to run a hockey league, as the NHL can attest. The NHL had revenues of over $2 billion dollars last year, and yet many franchises were losing money. There are rumours out of Russia ...
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