Left homeless, Siberian hockey team opts for Moscow region exile


BALASHIKHA, Russia (Reuters) – For fans of Siberian ice hockey club Avangard, attending a match takes singular devotion: games are held three times zones away from their home city because their own arena has been deemed too unsafe to use, forcing them into exile.

Ice Hockey – Kontinental Hockey League – Avangard Omsk Training – Arena Balashikha, Moscow Region, Russia – September 8, 2018 – Coach Bob Hartley directs his players. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Avangard, a team in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), was uprooted after discovering structural defects this summer at its arena…



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